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Ian Stanley Ord Playfair
Born (1894-04-10)April 10, 1894
Died 21 March 1972(1972-03-21) (aged 77)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1913–1947
Rank Major-General
Commands held Army Gas School
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross and bar
Relations Jocelyn Malan (wife)
Other work Author

Major-General Ian Stanley Ord Playfair, CB, DSO, MC and bar (10 April 1894 – 21 March 1972), was a British Army officer.

Military career

Born the son of Colonel F.H.G. Playfair of the Hampshire Regiment and educated at Cheltenham College, Playfair joined the Royal Engineers in 1913.[1] He served in France and Belgium during the First World War and was mentioned in despatches, awarded the Military Cross (MC) and bar and the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).[2]

Playfair became Officer Commanding the Gentlemen Cadets of the Royal Marine Artillery in 1920, chief instructor in field works and bridging at the Royal School of Military Engineering in 1930 and an instructor at the Indian Army Staff College in Quetta in 1934.[1] After attending the Imperial Defence College in 1938, he became Commandant of the Army Gas School in Wiltshire in 1939.[1]

In 1940, following the outbreak of the Second World War, Playfair was appointed Director of Plans at the War Office.[1] In early 1942, he was appointed deputy commander (and chief of staff) of land forces in the American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDACOM), a short-lived, supreme command for Allied forces in South East Asia and the south west Pacific.[2] In 1943, Playfair was appointed to the general staff of the 11th Army Group, in the South East Asia Command.[1]

Playfair retired in 1947.[1] He later wrote several books, and was co-author of a Second World War official campaign history: The Mediterranean and Middle East.[2]


In 1930, Playfair married Jocelyn Malan; they had two sons.[2]



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