Laurence New

Major General Sir Laurence Anthony Wallis New CB, CBE (born 25 February 1932) is a former British Army officer who served as Assistant Chief of the General Staff and Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in the mid-1980s.

Sir Laurence New

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24th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
5 October 1985 – 10 October 1990
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir Nigel Cecil
Succeeded bySir Laurence Jones
Personal details
Laurence Anthony Wallis New

(1932-02-25) 25 February 1932 (age 88)
Spouse(s)Anna Doreen Verity
ChildrenTwo sons and two daughters
Alma materKing William's College
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1952–1985
RankMajor General
Commands4th Royal Tank Regiment
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Military careerEdit

Educated at King William's College located in Castletown on the Isle of Man and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, New was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment in 1952.[1] He was appointed Brigade Major of 20th Armoured Brigade in 1968, Commanding Officer of 4th Royal Tank Regiment in 1971 and Defence and Military attaché in Tel Aviv in 1974.[1] He then went on to be Brigadier General Staff (Intelligence) dealing with Northern Ireland intelligence in 1980, Chief of Staff at the Defence Intelligence Centre for the Falklands War in 1982 before becoming Assistant Chief of the General Staff in 1983.[1] He went on to be Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 1984 before retiring in 1985.[1] He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Tank Regiment from 1986 to 1993.[1]

In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man as well as Presiding Officer of the Tynwald. He was also President of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association[2] and International President of the Association of Military Christian Fellowships[3] and has written a history of the 4th and 7th Royal Tank Regiments.[4][3]


In 1956 he married Anna Doreen Verity; they have two sons and two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Six Great Truths about Jesus by Sir Laurence New
  3. ^ a b Tynwald Biographies
  4. ^ "A Pictorial History of the 4th and the 7th Royal Tank Regiments". 21 May 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Pascoe
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
John MacMillan
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Cecil
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Succeeded by
Sir Laurence Jones
Other offices
Preceded by
President of the Soldiers' and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association
Succeeded by
Lord Dannatt