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Thomas Acton
Born (1917-06-12)12 June 1917
Died 22 January 1977(1977-01-22) (aged 59)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 126th Infantry Brigade
South West District
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Thomas Heward Acton, CBE (12 June 1917 – 22 January 1977) was a British Army officer.

Military career[edit | edit source]

Acton was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) in the late 1930s[1] and was mentioned in dispatches for his service during the Second World War.[2] After the war, he became commander of 126th Infantry Brigade in October 1963, General Officer Commanding South West District in February 1967 and then Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland in February 1970 during the Troubles.[3] He went on to be Chief of Staff at HQ Northern Ireland in July 1970 before retiring in May 1971.[3]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1963 Birthday Honours.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Halford
(as GOC 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division)
GOC South West District
Succeeded by
John Douglas-Withers

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