George Cole (British Army officer)
|Sir George Cole|
|Died||1973 (aged 61–62)|
|Years of service||1931–1967|
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff|
40th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
58th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Cole served in the Second World War as a member of the British Expeditionary Force deployed to France in 1939 and than as a General Staff Officer in Military Operations at the War Office from 1943. He became Commanding Officer of 58th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery within 21st Army Group in 1945.
After the war he was appointed Military Assistant to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1946 and Military Assistant to the Chairman of Western Europe Commanders-in-Chief in 1949. He went to the Joint Services Staff College in 1950 after which he became Deputy Chief of Staff, Allied Land Forces, Central Europe in 1950. He was then made Head of the Exercise Planning Staff at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in 1951.
He went to the Imperial Defence College in 1953 and then became Commanding Officer of 40th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery in Egypt and Cyprus from 1954 to 1955. He was Commander Royal Artillery for 1st Infantry Division from 1956 to 1959 when he became Secretary of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. He was appointed Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1961 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Eastern Command in 1965. He went on to be Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 1966: he retired in 1967.
He was a keen golfer.
Sir Roderick McLeod
|GOC-in-C Eastern Command
| Succeeded by|
Sir David Yates
Sir Alfred Earle
|Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
| Succeeded by|
Sir Ian Hogg