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Major General Sir Julian Alvery Gascoigne, KCMG, KCVO, CB, DSO, DL (1903–1989) was a senior British Army officer who served in the Second World War and became Major-General commanding the Household Brigade and General Officer Commanding London District.

Sir Julian Gascoigne
US President John F. Kennedy in Bermuda 21 December, 1961.jpg
Governor Major-General Sir Julian Gascoigne (red tunic) with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and US President John F. Kennedy in Bermuda on 21 December 1961.
Born1903
Died1989 (aged 85–86)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1923–53
RankMajor General
UnitGrenadier Guards
Commands heldLondon District
201st Guards Motor Brigade
1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Spouse(s)Joyce Newman

Military careerEdit

Gascoigne entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Grenadier Guards in 1923.[1] He served in the Second World War as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards from 1941 to August 1942, when he took command of the 201st Guards Motor Brigade, leading it in North Africa and Italy.[1]

After the war he became Deputy Commander of the British Mission in Washington, D.C.[1] He was appointed Major-General commanding the Household Brigade and General Officer Commanding London District in 1950 and retired from the army in 1953.[1]

In retirement he worked as a stockbroker from 1955 to 1959 and was then Governor of Bermuda (combining the roles of civil Governor and military Commander-in-Chief) from 1959 to 1964.[1] He hosted an important summit meeting in December 1961 between British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and U.S. President John F. Kennedy, following the erection of the Berlin Wall.[2] By 1970 he was President of the Union Jack Club in London.[3] He was married to Joyce Newman,[4] and was an uncle of University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Special Visitors Bermuda On-line
  3. ^ The Union Jack Club – 100 years on Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Lady Joyce Gascoigne (née Newman), Wife of Sir Julian Gascoigne". National Portrait Gallery.
  5. ^ "Special Coronation Edition". Television Newsreel. BBC. 2 June 1953. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Marriott
GOC London District
1950–1953
Succeeded by
Sir George Johnson
Preceded by
Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke
Colonel Commandant and President, Honourable Artillery Company
1954–1959
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Goodbody