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Sir John Noble Kennedy
File:Sir John Noble Kennedy.jpg
Born (1893-08-31)31 August 1893
Died 15 June 1970(1970-06-15) (aged 76)
Place of death Broxmouth House, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1911–1946
Rank Major-General
Unit Royal Artillery
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross

Major-General Sir John Noble Kennedy, GCMG KCVO KBE CB MC (31 August 1893 – 15 June 1970) was a senior British Army officer who served as Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff during World War II.

Military careerEdit

Kennedy joined the Royal Navy in 1911 and then transferred to the Royal Artillery at the start of World War I in 1914 going on to see action in France, Flanders and Egypt.[1]

After attending the Staff College, Camberley from 1921–1922, he was appointed Deputy Director of Military Operations at the War Office in 1938.[1] He also served in World War II as Director of Plans at the War Office from 1939, Commander Royal Artillery for 52nd Division from early 1940 and as Director of Military Operations at the War Office from later that year.[1] He went on to be Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff in October 1943 until February 1945.[2]

He was Governor of Southern Rhodesia from 1947 to 1953.[1]


In 1926 Kennedy married Isabella Rosamond Georgiana Joicey-Cecil (1901–1941).[3] Kennedy married Catherine Fordham (1905–1969) in 1941; on 2 January 1939 Catherine Fordham had been appointed Lady-in-Waiting to Her Royal Highness Princess Helena Victoria (1870–1948) of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Kennedy, Sir John Noble (1893–1970), Major General". King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  2. Mackie, Colin (2011). "Senior Army Appointments". p. 15. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  3. Mosley, Charles, ed (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. III (107th ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd.. p. 3495. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  4. Fordham, Catherine (21 January 1939). "Princess's New Lady-in-Waiting". Retrieved 17 March 2014. 


  • Mead, Richard (2007). Churchill's Lions: a biographical guide to the key British generals of World War II. Stroud (UK): Spellmount. ISBN 978-1-86227-431-0. 
  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Hudson
Governor of Southern Rhodesia
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Tredgold

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