|Sir John Anderson|
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General Sir John Anderson
|Died||1988 (aged 79–80)|
|Place of birth||Downpatrick, Ireland|
|Years of service||1929 - 1968|
|Unit||5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards|
11th Armoured Division|
Royal Armoured Corps
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire|
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
He was born the only son of Reginald D'Arcy Anderson and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford.
After the War he was appointed General Officer Commanding 11th Armoured Division in Germany in 1955 and then Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Army Group and British Army of the Rhine in 1956. He became Director of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1958 and Director General of Military Training at the War Office in 1959.
He was appointed Deputy Chief of Imperial General Staff in 1961 and Military Secretary in 1963. Finally he became Commandant of the Imperial Defence College in 1966; he retired in 1968. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1961 New Year Honours.
He was also the first Colonel Commandant of Ulster Defence Regiment from 1969 to 1979. In that capacity he escorted the Queen during her Silver Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland in 1977. A purpose built operations centre for the UDR was built at Ballykinler army base and named in honour of the general who was known as "The father of the UDR".
He was appointed High Sheriff of County Down for 1974.
He married Elizabeth Antoinette Merrifield Walker. They had no children.
- "Reginald D’Arcy Anderson (1880–1917)". http://www.headington.org.uk/history/war/marston_old/anderson_reginald.html. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "No. 42231". 27 December 1960. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/42231/page/
- Victor Patterson
- The Ulster Defence Regiment: An Instrument of Peace?, Chris Ryder 1991 ISBN 0-413-64800-1 p70
- "No. 2968". 11 January 1974. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Belfast/issue/2968/page/
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