Hugh Beach

Military Person

Hugh Beach General Sir Hugh Beach, GBE, KCB, MC (born 20 May 1923) is a British soldier who, in retirement, researches and advises on defence policy, arms control and disarmament, with an active interest in promoting concerns about ethical issues of peace and war. Educated at Winchester College, Peterhouse, Cambridge (MA 1961) and Edinburgh University (M.Sc. 1971), Beach joined the Corps of Royal Engineers in August 1941. He saw active service in France in 1944 and in Java in 1946. During the 1960s he commanded an engineer regiment and an infantry brigade, both at Osnabrück in Germany. He was director of army staff duties at the Ministry of Defence from 1971 to 1973, commandant of the Staff College, Camberley from 1974 to 1975 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces from 1976 to 1977 before becoming Master-General of the Ordnance (Army Board member for Procurement) from 1977 to 1981. Retiring from the army in 1981, he served as warden of St. George's House, Windsor Castle from 1981 to 1986, vice-Lord Lieutenant of Greater London from 1981 to 1987, Chief Royal Engineer from 1982 to 1987 and member of the Security Commission from 1982 to 1991. He chaired Ministry of Defence Study Groups on  ( Wikipedia article )


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Winchester College

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