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Derek Horsford
Born (1917-02-07)February 7, 1917
Died October 5, 2007(2007-10-05) (aged 90)
Place of birth London, United Kingdom
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1938–1971
Rank Major General
Commands held 4th Bn 1st Gurkha Rifles
1st Bn King's Regiment
24th Infantry Brigade
50th Northumbrian District
Yorkshire District
17th Gurkha Division
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order & bar

Major-General Derek Gordon Thomond Horsford CBE DSO & bar (7 February 1917 – 5 October 2007) was a British Army officer who commanded the 17th Gurkha Division.

Military career[]

Educated at Clifton College and the Royal Military College Sandhurst, Horsford was commissioned into the 8th Gurkha Rifles in Quetta in 1938.[1] He served in World War II and becoming Commanding Officer of 4th Battalion 1st Gurkha Rifles in 1944.[1] He led his battalion at the Battle of Kohima securing Hunter's Hill in Burma under heavy fire.[1]

After a tour on the staff of General Sir Claude Auchinleck in Delhi, he transferred to the Royal Artillery and became an Instructor at the Staff College, Camberley in 1950.[1] After service in Korea, he was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion the King's Regiment on its formation in 1958.[1] After service as Assistant Adjutant-General at the War Office, in 1960 he was appointed Commander of 24th Infantry Brigade in which role he was rushed to Kuwait to respond to the threat from Abdul Kassem who had seized power in Iraq.[1] He went on to be Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Ministry of Defence in 1964, General Officer Commanding 50th Northumbrian District in 1966 and General Officer Commanding Yorkshire District in 1967.[2] His last appointments were as General Officer Commanding 17th Gurkha Division and Malaya District in 1969 and Deputy Commander Land Forces, Hong Kong in 1970 before retiring in 1971.[1]


In 1948 he married Sheila Kitson (née Crawford); they had a son, a stepson and two stepdaughters.[1] Following the death of his first wife, he married Gillian Moorhouse (née Horsford), who brought him two more stepsons, in 1996.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur Patterson
General Officer Commanding 17th Gurkha Division
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded

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