Major-General Bernard Charles Gordon Lennox CB MBE

Bernard Charles Gordon Lennox was born on 19 September 1932 the eldest son of Lieutenant General Sir George Gordon-Lennox, who was the son of the 5th child of the 7th Duke of Richmond. The name Gordon-Lennox dates back to 1817 when the 5th Duke of Richmond, Charles Lennox married Lady Charlotte Gordon. The Duke changed his name to Gordon-Lennox and their 8 children retained that name. The present Bernard Charles Gordon Lennox was the first of the line to remove the hyphen. The last four of his line have all been officers in the Grenadier Guards. The 6th Duke, before that, was an officer in the Royal Horse Guards. As well as his father, grandfather and great grandfather, Bernard's brother, David is an ex-Colonel of the Grenadiers and his 3 sons have also been Grenadiers.

Bernard Charles Gordon Lennox was educated at Eton College and was Page of Honour to King George VI. He graduated from Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1953, becoming Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion in 1974. He went on to be a General Staff Officer at the RAF Staff College in 1976, Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade in 1978 and Chief of Staff for South East District in 1981 before becoming Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin in 1983. Finally he became the Senior Army Member at the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1986. He retired in 1987. He was invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath (CB) in 1986. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the Grenadier Guards between 1989 and 1995 and gained the rank of Major-General. He lived in 2003 at Hill House, Eversley, Hampshire, England. In 1958 he married Sally-Rose Warner and they had three sons; Edward Charles, Angus Charles and Charles Bernard.

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