John Gibbon (British Army officer)

Sir John Gibbon
Born (1917-09-21)21 September 1917
Died 1997
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1939–1977
Rank General
Commands held Master-General of the Ordnance
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
6th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir John Houghton Gibbon GCB, OBE (21 September 1917 – 1997) was a British soldier who served as Master-General of the Ordnance from 1974 until his retirement in 1977.

Military career

Gibbon was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1939.[1]

He served in the Second World War with 2nd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in France, the Western Desert, Greece, Sicily and North West Europe.[1]

After the War he became an Instructor and subsequently Chief Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[1] In 1955 he was appointed Assistant Quartermaster General at the War Office and then in 1959 he became Commanding Officer of 6th Field Regiment Royal Artillery within British Army of the Rhine.[1] In 1962 he was made a Brigade Commander in Cyprus and then, later that year, he became Director of Defence Plans at the Ministry of Defence.[1] He was Secretary to Chiefs of Staff Committee and Director of Defence Operations (Staff) from 1966 to 1969 when he became Director of Army Staff Duties at the Ministry of Defence.[1] He was appointed Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 1972 and Master-General of the Ordnance in 1974.[1] He retired in 1977.[1]

He was an ADC General to the Queen.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Barraclough
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Le Cheminant
Preceded by
Sir Noel Thomas
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Beach
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