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Lieutenant-General Sir George Charles Gordon-Lennox KBE CB CVO DSO (29 May 1908 – 11 May 1988) was a senior British Army officer who served during the Second World War.

Sir George Gordon-Lennox
Born29 May 1908
Died11 May 1988 (aged 79)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1928–1966
RankLieutenant General
UnitGrenadier Guards
Commands heldGrenadier Guards
1st Guards Brigade
3rd Division
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Scottish Command
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Military careerEdit

Gordon-Lennox was the eldest child of Lord Bernard Gordon-Lennox and a grandson of the 7th Duke of Richmond. His mother was Evelyn, daughter of Henry Loch, 1st Baron Loch. He was educated at Eton and was a Page of Honour to George V from 1921 to 1924.[1]

After Eton, he trained at Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1928.[2]

He fought with the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, in which he was wounded, awarded the DSO and mentioned in despatches.

In 1951 Gordon-Lennox was appointed Commanding Officer of the Grenadier Guards[2] and in 1952 he was awarded the CVO. In 1952 he also became Commander of 1st Guards Brigade.[2] He went on to be General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1959.[2] In 1960 he became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then Director-General of Military Training at the War Office in 1963.[2] A year later, he was knighted and transferred to Scotland where he was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Scottish Command and Governor of Edinburgh Castle until 1966.[2]

In 1965, he became Colonel of the Gordon Highlanders and his last post was in retirement, as King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire from 1968 until 1983.


He married Nancy Brenda Darell and they went on together to have two sons (the eldest was Major-General Bernard Gordon Lennox).[1]