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Sir Martin Farndale
Born (1929-01-06)January 6, 1929
Died May 10, 2000(2000-05-10) (aged 71)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
7th Armoured Brigade
2nd Armoured Division
1st British Corps
British Army of the Rhine
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Martin Baker Farndale KCB (6 January 1929 – 10 May 2000) was a British Army General who reached high office in the 1980s.

Military career

Educated at Yorebridge Grammar School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Farndale was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1948.[1] He went to the Staff College, Camberley in 1959.[1]

In 1969 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery which was deployed to Northern Ireland at the early stages of The Troubles.[1] In 1973 he was appointed Commander of 7th Armoured Brigade in Germany before, in 1978, he returned to the UK to become Director of Operations at the Ministry of Defence in which role he had to organise the disarming of guerillas in order to facilitate the creation of the future nation of Zimbabwe.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 2nd Armoured Division in Germany in 1980.[1]

In 1983, he became GOC of 1st British Corps.[1] Finally, in 1985, he was made GOC of British Army of the Rhine and Northern Army Group.[1]

In retirement he wrote four volumes of the History of the Royal Artillery.[1]


In 1955 he married Margaret Anne Buckingham[1] and together they went on to have one son.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Alexander Boswell
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Patrick Palmer
(as GOC 2nd Infantry Division)
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Bagnall
GOC 1st (British) Corps
1983 – 1985
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Kenny
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Bagnall
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Kenny
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Morony
Master Gunner,
St. James's Park

Succeeded by
Lord Vincent

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