Brigadier George Wilfred Eden

George Wilfred Eden was born on 3 Aug 1903, the first Colonel of the Green Howards to be born in the 20th Century. He was the son of Lt-Col John Henry Eden of West Auckland, Co Durham, and Lady Florence Lowry-Corry, daughter of the 4th Earl of Belmore. His father had served in the 19th Regiment and was Chief Constable of County Durham from 1892 to 1902. George was educated at Charterhouse and after being commissioned into the 19th served in Waziristan in 1937. He was wounded in WW2 and after the war was Brigadier of HQ Southern Command from 1949 to 1955. From 1955 to 1957 he was ADC to Queen Elizabeth, during which time he was also Director of Pioneers and Labour. He was appointed Colonel of the Green Howards in 1959 and awarded the Order of St Olav of Norway in 1963. He relinquished the colonelcy of the regiment in 1965. He died on 22 Jan 1986.

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