Sandy Pearson

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Cedric Maudsley Ingram Pearson
Nickname(s) "Sandy"
Born (1918-08-24)24 August 1918
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales
Died 7 November 2012(2012-11-07) (aged 94)
Narrabeen, New South Wales
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1937–1975
Rank Major General
Commands held Royal Military College, Duntroon (1970–73)
1st Division (1969–70)
1st Australian Task Force (1968–69)
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1962–64)
Battles/wars Second World War
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross
Legion of Merit (United States)[1]
Knight of the National Order of Vietnam[2]
Cross of Gallantry with Palm (Vietnam)[2]

Major General Cedric Maudsley Ingram "Sandy" Pearson AO, DSO, OBE, MC (24 August 1918[3] – 7 November 2012) was an Australian Army officer. He was a Commander of Australian Forces during the Vietnam War, Commandant of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and Director of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales.[4]

Early life and family[edit]

CMI Pearson (known as Sandy) was born in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales,[3] the son of Margaret and the Rev. George Ingram Pearson, a Methodist minister.[5] He was the younger brother of Dr H. H. Pearson.[6] Pearson attended Newington College (1932–1936)[7] before graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1940.

Army career[edit]

Post army career[edit]

  • Exexcutive Director, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, (1976–1983)
  • Director, Brickworks Ltd, (1983–1998)



Aged 94, Pearson died on 7 November 2012 at the RSL Village in Narrabeen, New South Wales.[10] His funeral was held eight days later at the Newington College Chapel, Stanmore.


  1. ^ Barnes 1974, p. 80.
  2. ^ a b Barnes 1974, p. 84.
  3. ^ a b c PEARSON, Cedric Mandsley Ingram,
  4. ^ Crown Content Who's Who in Australia 2007 p. 1622
  5. ^ "LATE REV. G. INGRAM PEARSON.". The Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 – 1954). Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia. 7 September 1940. p. 4. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Herbert Hilary (Hugh) Ingram Pearson
  7. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) p. 154
  8. ^ Commander 1st Australian Task Force at the time of the Battle of Binh Ba (image)
  9. ^ a b Vietnam vets honoured – Local News – News – The Manly Daily. Retrieved on 2011-04-06.
  10. ^ "Vale: Major General 'Sandy' Pearson". 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment Association website. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 


  • Barnes, I.L. (1974). Australian Gallant and Distinguished Service, Vietnam 1962–1973: Being a Record of British and Foreign Decorations Awarded to Australian Servicemen. Canberra, Australia: Military Historical Society of Australia. ISBN 0909859108.