Rodney Moore (general)
General Sir James Newton Rodney Moore, GCVO, KCB, CBE, DSO (9 June 1905 – 19 May 1985), usually known as Sir Rodney Moore, was a senior British Army officer. He fought in the Second World War and Palestine Emergency, and was General Officer Commanding London District from 1957 to 1959. Moore was appointed the inaugural Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces Staff from 1959 to 1965, a post he occupied during the final stages of the Malayan Emergency and early period of the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation. His final posting was as Defence Services Secretary from 1964 to 1966.
Sir Rodney Moore
|Birth name||James Newton Rodney Moore|
|Born||9 June 1905|
Bunbury, Western Australia
|Died||19 May 1985 (aged 79)|
Richmond upon Thames, London, England
|Years of service||1924–1966|
|Commands held||Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces Staff (1959–64)|
London District (1957–59)
10th Armoured Division (1955–57)
1st Division (1955)
1st Guards Brigade (1946–47)
8th Infantry Brigade (1945–46)
2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards (1944–45)
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order|
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of the Crown (Belgium)
Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm (Malaysia)
Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia
|Relations||Sir Newton Moore (father)|
Early life and educationEdit
Moore was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, on 9 June 1905, the son of Major General Sir Newton Moore and his wife, Isabel Lowrie. He was educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
After passing out from Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Grenadier Guards on 29 January 1925. During the Second World War, from 1942 to 1944, he was a General Staff Officer (GSO) with the Guards Armoured Division. He was then Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, in North-West Europe. In 1945 he assumed command of the 8th Infantry Brigade in Germany and Palestine. From 1946 to 1947 he was commander of the 1st Guards Brigade, also in Palestine, during the Palestine Emergency.
From 1951 to 1953 Moore was Deputy Adjutant-General, British Army of the Rhine, Germany. Moore then undertook his first NATO posting, as Chief of Staff Allied Forces Northern Europe. Returning to the Middle East in 1955, Moore was General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1st Division. He was then transferred, in the same year, to command the 10th Armoured Division.
Returning to London in 1957, Moore assumed the post of Major-General commanding the Household Brigade and London District. Another overseas posting in 1959 saw him serving as Chief of Armed Forces Staff (now known as Chief of Defence Forces), Malaya and Director of Border Operations, Malaya. For his service in this role, Moore was appointed an honorary Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm by the Malayan government in 1961. His last active appointment was as the first Defence Services Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in London. He retired in 1966.
- Australia, Birth Index, 1788–1922
- "Obituary: Gen Sir Rodney Moore". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 21 May 1985. p. 14.
- "No. 33016". The London Gazette. 30 January 1925. p. 685.
- "No. 41826". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 September 1959. p. 6041.
- "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1961" (PDF).
- "No. 43269". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 March 1964. p. 2257.
- "No. 44143". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 October 1966. p. 11237.
- "No. 44147". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 October 1966. p. 11375.
- "No. 50143". The London Gazette. 4 June 1985. p. 7725.
- "No. 46604". The London Gazette. 10 June 1975. p. 7465.
| GOC 1st Division
Sir George Johnson
| GOC London District
Sir George Burns
|New office|| Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces Staff
| Defence Services Secretary
Sir Ian Hogg
Sir Richard Goodbody
| Colonel Commandant and President, Honourable Artillery Company
Sir Victor FitzGeorge-Balfour