Bishop was born in Plymstock, Devon, the eldest child of Walter Edward Bishop and Eliza Knowles. He was educated at Plymouth College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Dorset Regiment and served in India from 1919 to 1925. He also saw service in Mesopotamia and Palestine. After that he was in the War Office and the Colonial Office.
In the Second World War, he served in East Africa, West Africa and North Africa but in 1944–45 was Director of Quartering at the War Office. In 1945 he became chief of information services and public relations of the Control Commission in Germany; from 1946 to 1948 he was deputy chief of staff and from 1948 to 1950 regional commissioner for North Rhine Westphalia. From 1962 to 1964, he was director of information services and cultural relations at the Commonwealth Relations Office and in 1964–65 British High Commissioner in Cyprus.
Sir Alec died in 1984 in Hastings, East Sussex, aged 86.
- "Maj-Gen Sir Alec Bishop". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 22 May 1984. p. 16.
- 1911 England Census
- Obituary; The Daily Telegraph; 17 May 1984,
- England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
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