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George Cooper (British Army officer)

General Sir George Leslie Conroy Cooper GCB MC DL (born 10 August 1925) is a former Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Sir George Cooper
Born (1925-08-10) 10 August 1925 (age 93)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1945–1984
Commands held19 Airportable Brigade
South West District
South East District
Battles/warsKorean War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross


Military careerEdit

Educated at Downside School and Trinity College, Cambridge, George Cooper was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1945.[1] He joined the Bengal Sappers & Miners.[2] He served in the Korean War and was awarded the Military Cross for his service in that campaign.[3]

He went on to command 19 Airportable Brigade from 1969 to 1971.[2] He was General Officer Commanding South West District from 1974 to 1975 and General Officer Commanding South East District from 1979 to 1981.[4]

He was Adjutant General from 1981[5] to 1984 when retired from the British Army.[2]

He was also appointed ADC General to the Queen in 1982[6] retaining that status until 1984.[7]

He was awarded the KCB in 1979[8] and the GCB in 1984.[9]


In retirement Cooper became a member of the Board of Management of GEC UK.[2] He also became a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex.[10] and also released the book "Fight, Dig and Live" about the part the Royal Engineers played in the Korean War.[11]


In 1957 he married Cynthia Mary Hume and together they went on to have one son and one daughter.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 37297". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 October 1945. p. 4936.
  2. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. ^ "No. 40036". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 December 1953. p. 6652.
  4. ^ "No. 48511". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 February 1981. p. 1564.
  5. ^ "No. 48574". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 April 1981. p. 5046.
  6. ^ "No. 49069". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 August 1982. p. 10134.
  7. ^ "No. 49754". The London Gazette. 5 June 1984. p. 7748.
  8. ^ "No. 47869". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1979. p. 2.
  9. ^ "No. 49583". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1983. p. 2.
  10. ^ "No. 52244". The London Gazette. 15 August 1990. p. 13319.
  11. ^ Fight, Dig and Live Anazon Books
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
GOC South East District
Succeeded by
Sir Paul Travers
Preceded by
Sir Robert Ford
Adjutant-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Roland Guy
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Beach
Chief Royal Engineer
Succeeded by
Sir Scott Grant