Patrick Howard-Dobson

Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson
Born (1921-08-12)12 August 1921
Leicester, United Kingdom
Died 8 November 2009(2009-11-08) (aged 88)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1941–1981
Rank General
Commands held Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Staff College, Camberley
20th Armoured Brigade
Queen's Own Hussars
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Patrick John Howard-Dobson GCB (12 August 1921 – 8 November 2009) was a senior British Army officer and Quartermaster-General to the Forces.

Early life

Patrick Howard-Dobson was born in Leicester and educated at King's College School, Cambridge and Framlingham College.[1]

Military career

Howard-Dobson was commissioned into the Yorkshire Hussars in 1941.[2]

He served in the Second World War and saw action as a tank troop commander in the 7th Queen's Own Hussars during the long withdrawal from Rangoon in Burma as well as during the assault on Italy.[2]

In 1963 he was made Commanding Officer of the Queen's Own Hussars and then in 1965 he was appointed Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade.[2] In 1968 he became the last Chief of Staff at British Far East Command in Singapore.[2] He was Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley from 1972, Military Secretary from 1974 and then Quartermaster-General to the Forces from 1977.[2] In 1979 he was made Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel & Logistics) and he retired in 1981.[2]

He lived in Benington for over 25 years.[3]

In retirement he was Chairman of the Council of St Luke's Hospital for the Clergy.[1]


In 1946 he married Barbara Mary Mills and together they went on to have two sons and one daughter.[2]


  1. 1 2 Obituary: General Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2009
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Obituary: Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson The Times, 13 November 2009
  3. Ex-soldier From Benington Dies East Herts Herald, 17 November 2009
Military offices
Preceded by
Allan Taylor
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Hugh Beach
Preceded by
Sir John Sharp
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Ford
Preceded by
Sir William Jackson
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Worsley
Preceded by
Sir Edwin Bramall
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir David Evans
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