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George Cooper (British Army officer)

General Sir George Leslie Conroy Cooper, GCB, MC, DL (born 10 August 1925) is a retired senior British Army officer who served as Adjutant-General to the Forces from 1981 to 1984.

Sir George Cooper
Born (1925-08-10) 10 August 1925 (age 94)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1945–1984
Commands heldSouth East District (1979–81)
South West District (1974–75)
19th Airportable Brigade (1969–71)
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]

Cooper became Commander Royal Engineers in the 4th Infantry Division in 1966. He went on to become Commander, 19th Airportable Brigade in 1969, General Officer Commanding South West District in 1974 and Director of Army Staff Duties in 1976. After that he became General Officer Commanding South East District in 1979.[4] He became Adjutant General in 1981,[5] before retiring in 1984.[2]

Cooper was appointed ADC General to the Queen in 1982,[6] retaining that status until 1984.[7] He was also appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1979,[8] and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath 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 released the book Fight, Dig and Live about the part the Royal Engineers played in the Korean War.[11]


In 1957 Cooper 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 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
Hugh Cunningham
GOC South West District
Succeeded by
Robert Lyon
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