The King's Royal Rifle Corps

Field Marshal E N W Bramall KG GCB OBE MC DL JP

Edwin Noel Westby Bramall was born in Tonbridge, Kent on 18th Dec 1923. To his family and friends he was known as Dwin. He was educated at Eton, and entered the KRRC in 1943. During the war he served in North-west Europe where he won the Military Cross for capturing a German outpost.

After the war he spent two years in occupied Japan, then back in the UK he was on the staff of the School of Infantry. At this time he was married. In 1953 he went to the Middle East for 5 years. After two years at Staff College he was on Lord Mountbatten's staff. By 1965 he was a lieut-colonel and CO of the 2nd Green Jackets in Malaya. Two years later he commanded 5th (Airportable) Infantry Brigade.

As a Lieut-General in 1973 he was in command of British Forces in Hong Kong and promoted to General in 1976. From 1976 to 78 he was C-in-C UK Land Forces, and from 78 to 79 Vice Chief of Defense Staff. He was then Chief of the General Staff from 1979 to 82. During the Falklands War he was a Field Marshall, Chief of Defense Staff, retiring in 1985.

From 1986 to 98 he was Lord Lieutenant of Greater London during which time he was elevated to the peerage. In 1990 he became one of the Knights of the Garter. His later years have been marred by a lapse of judgment when he struck Lord Janner in a debate during which he made some vitriolic anti-Israel remarks.

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