7th Hussars

Field Marshal Sir John Stanier GCB MBE

John Wilfred Stanier joined the 7th Hussars after the war, in 1946, while they were still in Italy. He served with them in Germany and Hong Kong. He would have commanded the 7th but the amalgamation in 1958 prevented it. Instead he commanded C Squadron until he took command of the Scots Greys in 1966. In 1962 he organised and took his squadron on adventure training to an island in the Baltic. They were required to make a detailed map of the place but found when they arrived that the whole island was a nudist colony. He was the first Field Marshal and head of the army who had not seen active service.

1925 born on 6th Oct at Sawbridgeworth, Essex
1946 Joined 7th Hussars in Italy
1955 Married Cicely Lambert (they had 4 daughters)
1957 Staff College
1966 Commanded Royal Scots Greys (until 1968)
1969 Command of 20th Armoured Brigade (until 1970)
1973 Major-General
1975 Commandant of Staff College (until 1978)
1979 Colonel of Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (until 1984)
1981 General, and C-in-C UK Land Forces
1981 ADC to the Queen (until 1985)
1982 Chief of General Staff (until 1985)
1985 Field Marshal
1987 Deputy Lieutenant, Hampshire
1990 Constable of the Tower of London (until 1996)
2007 Died on 10th Nov

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