William Rous (British Army officer)

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Sir William Rous
Born 1939
Died May 1999
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1959–1996
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 4th Armoured Division
Staff College, Camberley
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General The Honourable Sir William Edward Rous KCB, OBE (1939 – May 1999) was a British Army officer who served as Quartermaster-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of the Earl of Stradbroke, Rous was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1959.[1]

He was appointed General Officer Commanding 4th Armoured Division in 1987[2] and then selected to be Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1989.[3]

In 1991 he was appointed Military Secretary[4] and in 1994 he went on to be Quartermaster-General to the Forces.[5] He retired in 1996.[6]

He was also Colonel of the Coldstream Guards.[7]

In retirement he was Chairman of Kingston Hospital: he died of cancer in May 1999 and the cancer unit at the hospital is named after him.[8]


  1. ^ "No. 41826". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 September 1959. p. 6045. 
  2. ^ "No. 51136". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 December 1987. p. 14774. 
  3. ^ "No. 51969". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 December 1989. p. 14616. 
  4. ^ "No. 52691". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 October 1991. p. 16043. 
  5. ^ "No. 53652". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 April 1994. p. 6156. 
  6. ^ "No. 54453". The London Gazette. 1 July 1996. p. 8911. 
  7. ^ "No. 53587". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 February 1994. p. 2316. 
  8. ^ Kingston Cancer Unit
Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Hobbs
General Officer Commanding the 4th Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Jeremy Mackenzie
Preceded by
Jeremy Mackenzie
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Michael Rose
Preceded by
Sir John Learmont
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Hayman-Joyce
Preceded by
Sir George Burns
Colonel of the Coldstream Guards
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Rose
Preceded by
Sir John Learmont
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Samuel Cowan