Geoffrey Bourne, Baron Bourne

Geoffrey Bourne, Baron Bourne

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General Geoffrey Kemp Bourne, Baron Bourne GCB, KBE, CMG (5 October 1902 – 26 June 1982) was a British soldier.

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Commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1923, Bourne served in Hong Kong from 1930 to 1932, in Gibraltar from 1933 and 1934, in the Staff College, Camberley in 1935 and 1936, and in Colchester in 1937. In 1938 and 1939, he was General Staff Officer of the War Office.

During the Second World War, he was a member of the Joint Planning Staff between 1939 and 1941, and a member of the Joint Staff Mission in Washington, D.C. in 1942. In 1944, he was Commander of the 152 Field Artillery Force, Ayrshire Yeomanry, fighting in Italy, and member of the General Staff Airborne Corps fighting in Belgium.

Between 1945 and 1946, he commanded the 5th Indian Division, in Java and worked at the Imperial Defence College in 1947. He was Head of the British Mission to Burma in 1948 and Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin from 1949 to 1951. Between 1951 and 1953 he commanded 16th Airborne Division, was General Officer Commander in Chief Eastern Command between 1953 and 1954, and General Officer Commanding of Malaya Command between 1954 and 1956. Bourne was Commander-in-Chief, Middle East Land Forces in 1957 and Commandant of the Imperial Defence College between 1958 and 1959.<ref...
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