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Sir Harold Pyman
Gen. Sir Harold Pyman
Born 1908
Died 1971 (aged 62–63)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 3rd Royal Tank Regiment
56th (London) Armoured Division
11th Armoured Division
I Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Harold English ('Pete') Pyman GBE KCB DSO (1908–1971) was a British Army General who achieved high office in the 1960s. He was the eldest son of Harold English Pyman and Christian Jane Scott, and the great-grandson of George Pyman.

Military career[]

Pyman was commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps in 1929.[1] He took part in operations on the North West Frontier of India in 1937.[1]

He served in World War II initially as an Instructor at the Staff College in Quetta in India from 1939 moving on to be a General Staff Officer in 7th Armoured Division in North Africa in 1942.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in North Africa in 1943.[1] He was then a Brigadier on the General Staff for Home Forces and then on the General Staff for XXX Corps in France in 1944.[1] He was Chief of Staff of 2nd Army in North West Europe from later in 1944 to 1945.[1]

After the War he was on the General Staff of Allied Land Forces in South East Asia but moved on to be Deputy Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1946 and then Chief of Staff for Middle East Land Forces later in 1946.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding for 56th (London) Armoured Division in 1949 and Director General Fighting Vehicles at the Ministry of Supply in 1951.[1]

He became General Officer Commanding 11th Armoured Division in Germany in 1953 and Director of Weapons and Development at the War Office in 1955 before becoming General Officer Commanding 1st British Corps within British Army of the Rhine in 1956 and Deputy Chief of Imperial General Staff in 1958.[1] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe in 1961;[2] he retired in 1964.[3]



Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Foote
GOC 11th Armoured Division
Succeeded by
John Anderson
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell
GOC 1st (British) Corps
Succeeded by
Sir Michael West
Preceded by
Sir Richard Hull
Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
Succeeded by
Sir John Anderson
Preceded by
Sir Horatius Murray
Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Bray

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