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Sir David Peel Yates
Born 1911
Died 1978 (aged 66–67)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1931 - 1969
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 6th Bn the Lincolnshire Regiment
1st Bn South Wales Borderers
27th Infantry Brigade
British Forces in Berlin
Eastern Command
Southern Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir David Peel Yates KCB CVO DSO OBE (1911–1978) was a British Army General who reached high office during the 1960s.

Military career

David Peel Yates was commissioned into the South Wales Borderers in 1931.[1] He was deployed on Waziristan operations on the North West Frontier of India in 1937 before becoming Adjutant of 1st Bn the Monmouthshire Regiment in 1939.[1]

He served in World War II initially as Brigade Major of 113th Infantry Brigade in 1940.[1] He then went to the Staff College before becoming Brigade Major of 204th Infantry Brigade in 1941.[1] He served as a General Staff Officer with 4th Division and then at 1st Army Headquarters.[1] He was involved in the fall of Tunis in 1943.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 6th Bn the Lincolnshire Regiment which was deployed to Italy in 1944 before he returned to 4th Division later that year.[1] He was a Brigadier on the General Staff Field Marshal Harold Alexander at Allied Force Headquarters in Italy in 1945.[1]

After the War he became an Instructor at the Joint Services Staff College in 1946 and then Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General at the War Office in 1949.[1] He was an Instructor at the NATO Defence College in Paris between 1951 and 1953 when he became Commanding Officer of 1st Bn South Wales Borderers.[1] He was appointed Commander of 27th Infantry Brigade in Hong Kong in 1955 and Assistant Commandant at the Staff College, Camberley in 1957.[1] He then became Chief of Staff for Eastern Command in 1960 and Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin in 1962.[1] He was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Eastern Command from 1966 to 1968 when he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Southern Command:he retired in 1969.[1]


He was married to Christine Hilary Peel Yates; they had a son and a daughter.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Claude Dunbar
Commandant, British Sector in Berlin
Succeeded by
Sir John Nelson
Preceded by
Sir George Cole
GOC-in-C Eastern Command
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Sir John Mogg
GOC-in-C Southern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Carver

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