|Sir David Thorne|
|Born||13 December 1933|
|Died||23 April 2000|
|Place of birth||Hertford, Hertfordshire|
|Place of death||Framlingham, Suffolk|
|Years of service||1952–1988|
1st Bn Royal Anglian Regiment|
3rd Infantry Brigade
1st Armoured Division
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire|
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Educated at St Edward's School, Oxford and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Mullens was commissioned into the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1952. He was a keen cricketer and played for the Combined Services cricket team in 1964. He was given command of 1st Bn the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1972. He was appointed Commander of 3rd Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland in 1977, in which capacity in 1979 he was the first officer to brief Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the Warrenpoint ambush, before becoming Vice Quartermaster-General in 1981 and Commander of British Forces in the Falkland Islands in 1982. He went on to be General Officer Commanding 1st Armoured Division in 1983 and Director of Infantry in 1986, in which role he defeated a proposal for posting officers which he believed would undermine the regimental system. He retired in 1988.
In 1962 he married Suzan Anne Goldsmith; they had one son and two daughters.
|General Officer Commanding the 1st Armoured Division|
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