PARAS 2 Gray, Michael Stuart

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Staff member
Michael Stuart
  • UNIT
1 Para (Commanding Officer)
  • RANK
Lieutenant Colonel (OBE), Lieutenant General (KCB)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Northern Ireland 1970 (OBE), 1985 (KCB)
born 3.5.1932 Beverley, Yorkshire
son of Joan Gray, Beverley, Yorkshire and late Frank Gray, killed 10.5.1940 age 32 as Lt RNR (HMS Fowey)
educated Beverley Grammar School
educated Christ's Hospital,Horsham,Sussex
enlisted as Gunner,5th Royal Horse Artillery 1950
graduated RMA Sandhurst
commissioned East Yorkshire Regiment 1952 (1 Bn)
Parachute Regiment 1955
staff and regimental appointments
Staff College,Camberley
2 Para (Intelligence Officer + company commander) 1960s
Military Ops,M.O.D. 1967-69
1 Para (C.O.) March 1969-70
Directing Staff,Staff College (2 years)
Chief of Staff,1st Division,1st (British) Corps,BAOR
Royal College of Defence Studies 1976 (Colonel)
C.O. 16th Parachute Brigade
Head of British Army Staff and Military Attache, Washington, D.C., USA 1979
Major General
Head of Defence Staff and Defence Attache, Washington, D.C., USA 1981
GOC South West District, England 1981 (and C.O. UK Mobile Force)
Chief of Staff, HQ BAOR February 1984
Lieutenant General
G.O.C. South East District
left Army 1988
award K.C.B. 1986
award Officier de la Legion D'Honneur (France) 1994
Chief Executive,Rainford Developments 1990-94
Colonel-Commandant,Parachute Regiment 1990-93
Lieutenant of the Tower of London
Deputy Lieutenant of West Riding of Yorkshire 1997
married Juliette Noon 1958 (3 children)
died 13.3.2011 York
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