Brigadier James Joseph Kingstone CBE DSO MC

James Joseph Kingstone was born on 26 Aug 1892. He was a graduate of the RMA Sandhurst and appointed second lieutenant in the 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Queen's Bays) on 4 Sep 1912. During the First World War he received the Military Cross on 14 Jan 1916 and later, as a captain, the DSO on 3 June 1919. He was promoted to major in 1929, Lieutenant-Colonel in 1932 commanding the 9th Lancers. He left this command when he was promoted to Colonel on 4 Mar 1936.

During World War II he fought in the Middle East and Europe. Brigadier Kingstone was under the command of Major General J. G. W. Clark and was part of his relieving Habforce which included the 4th Cavalry Brigade, a battalion of The Essex Regiment, the Arab Legion Mechanised Regiment, a field artillery battery and a troop of anti-tank guns. Kingstone commanded a flying column named Kingcol in his honour. Habforce and Kingcol, parts of Iraqforce, set off from the British Mandate of Palestine to relieve the forces defending RAF Habbaniya. Kingstone was again under Clark's command during the Syria-Lebanon Campaign. In 1944 he was appointed ADC to the King, awarded the CBE in the following year when he retired and was appointed Colonel of the Queen's Bays. He died on 20th September 1966.

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