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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.[2]

Sir Rodney Moore
Birth nameJames Newton Rodney Moore
Born(1905-06-09)9 June 1905
Bunbury, Western Australia[1]
Died19 May 1985(1985-05-19) (aged 79)
Richmond upon Thames, London, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1924–1966
Service number32071
Commands heldChief 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/warsSecond World War
Palestine Emergency
Malayan Emergency
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
AwardsKnight 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
RelationsSir 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.[2]

Military careerEdit

Rodney Moore, Palestine 1946

After passing out from Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Grenadier Guards on 29 January 1925.[3] 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.

Returning to the United Kingdom in 1948, Moore was Chief of Staff of London District until 1950, and then attended the Imperial Defence College.

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.[4] 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.[5] His last active appointment was as the first Defence Services Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in London.[6] He retired in 1966.[7]

From 1965 to 1966 Moore was Aide-de-Camp General to The Queen.[8] Moore spent his last years as Chief Steward of Hampton Court Palace.[9]

Moore was also a Gentleman Usher to the Royal Household.[10]


  1. ^ Australia, Birth Index, 1788–1922
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Gen Sir Rodney Moore". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 21 May 1985. p. 14.
  3. ^ "No. 33016". The London Gazette. 30 January 1925. p. 685.
  4. ^ "No. 41826". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 September 1959. p. 6041.
  5. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1961" (PDF).
  6. ^ "No. 43269". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 March 1964. p. 2257.
  7. ^ "No. 44143". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 October 1966. p. 11237.
  8. ^ "No. 44147". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 October 1966. p. 11375.
  9. ^ "No. 50143". The London Gazette. 4 June 1985. p. 7725.
  10. ^ "No. 46604". The London Gazette. 10 June 1975. p. 7465.
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas Brodie
GOC 1st Division
Succeeded by
Guy Gregson
Preceded by
Sir George Johnson
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir George Burns
New office Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces Staff
Succeeded by
Tunku Osman
Defence Services Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Ian Hogg
Preceded by
Sir Richard Goodbody
Colonel Commandant and President, Honourable Artillery Company
Succeeded by
Sir Victor FitzGeorge-Balfour