Walter Babington Thomas
|Born||29 June 1919 (age 97)
Motueka, New Zealand
|Commands held||5th Division
Far East Land Forces
|Battles/wars||World War II
Mau Mau Uprising
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross and Bar
Brought up in New Zealand, Sandy Thomas was commissioned into the New Zealand Military Forces at the outbreak of World War II. He was wounded, became a prisoner of war in Crete, escaped from a prison hospital and then fled to Syria, eventually becoming commander of 23 Battalion in Italy. After the War he obtained a commission in the Royal Hampshire Regiment and, in 1955, he was mentioned in dispatches while dealing with the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya. He was appointed General Officer Commanding 5th Division in 1968 and Chief of Staff at Headquarters Far East Land Forces in April 1970 before being elevated to be General Officer Commanding Far East Land Forces in October 1970.
- Guy Hardy Scholefield; Max Lambert (1991). Who's who in New Zealand. New Zealand: Reed. p. 629. ISBN 0790001306.
- "No. 37669". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 July 1946. p. 3882.
- Copyright Publishing
- McLean, Thomas Owen (2016). "A Selection From the War Diaries of Dan Davin" (PDF).
- "No. 40538". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 July 1955. p. 4154.
- "No. 44558". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 March 1968. p. 3863.
- "No. 45078". The London Gazette. 10 April 1970. p. 4173.
- "No. 45219". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 October 1970. p. 11755.
- "No. 45384". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1971. p. 5958.
- "No. 45586". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 January 1972. p. 1271.
- Dare to be Free by Sandy Thomas, Phoenix, 2005, ISBN 978-0-304-36639-2
(Post last held by Geoffrey Musson)
|General Officer Commanding the 5th Division
Sir Peter Hunt
|GOC Far East Land Forces