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Stephen Alexander Melville
File:Stephen Melville.jpg
Born (1904-12-31)December 31, 1904
Died June 17, 1977(1977-06-17) (aged 72)[1]
Place of birth Matatiele, Natal
Place of death Pretoria, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Air Force
Years of service 1924-1960
Rank General
Awards Star of South Africa (Decoration)
Order of the British Empire

General Stephen A. Melville SSA OBE (1904-1977) was a South African military commander. During World War II he commanded air force formations in East Africa, North Africa, Madagascar, and Italy.

He matriculated from Grey College, Bloemfontein before going to work in a bank. He joined the Merchant Navy as a stoker. He joined the SAMR in 1924 as a trooper before transferring to the Artillery. In 1929 he was trained as a pilot and transferred to the South African Air Force[1]

He served as Air Chief of Staff from 1954 to 1956, as Inspector-General from 1956 to 1958, and as Commandant-General,[2] i.e. head of the Union Defence Forces, from 1958 to 1960.

He later served on the Armaments Board until 1974. He was also the Government's representative on the Rand Water Board[3]

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Awards and Decorations

Then Colonel Melville was Mentioned in Dispatches in July 1943[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 152. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". 1982. p. 95. 
  3. Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 153. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Hendrik Klopper
Chief of the General Staff of the South African Defence Force
1958 – 1960
Succeeded by
Pieter Grobbelaar
Preceded by
Harold Willmott
Chief of Staff of the South African Air Force
Succeeded by
Barend Viljoen

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