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Sir John Gibbon
Born (1917-09-21)September 21, 1917
Died 1997
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir John (Houghton) Gibbon (21 September 1917 – 1997) GCB OBE was a British soldier who became Master-General of the Ordnance.

Military career

Gibbon was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1939.[1]

He served in World War II with 2nd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in France, the Western Desert, Greece, Sicily and North West Europe.[1]

After the War he became an Instructor and subsequently Chief Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[1] In 1955 he was appointed Assistant Quartermaster General at the War Office and then in 1959 he became Commanding Officer of 6th Field Regiment Royal Artillery within British Army of the Rhine.[1] In 1962 he was made a Brigade Commander in Cyprus and then, later that year, he became Director of Defence Plans at the Ministry of Defence.[1] He was Secretary to Chiefs of Staff Committee and Director of Defence Operations (Staff) from 1966 to 1969 when he became Director of Army Staff Duties at the Ministry of Defence.[1] He was appointed Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 1972 and Master-General of the Ordnance in 1974.[1] He retired in 1977.[1]

He was an ADC General to the Queen.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Barraclough
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Le Cheminant
Preceded by
Sir Noel Thomas
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Beach

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