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A. G. V. Paley
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British army
Ghana army
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief of the Defence Staff
Battles/wars World War II

Major General A. G. V. Paley was a British army officer who became the first Chief of the Defence Staff of Ghana.


Army career


World War II

In October 1944, during the Second World War, he served as the commanding officer of the 22 Armoured Brigade, while a Lieutenant Colonel in the British army.[1] He was later one of the officers on the British delegation on the Allied Control Authority during World War II with the rank of Brigadier.[2]

Ghana Armed Forces

Paley was appointed as the first General Officer Commanding between 1957 and 1959, when his appointment covered only the army.[3] He was effectively the Chief of Defence Staff however when the Ghana Navy and Ghana Air Force were created. His tour of duty ended on 11 January 1960 when he was replaced by Major General Henry Alexander.[4]


  1. ^ "22 Armoured Brigade". Online database of military units in World War II. Retrieved 2008-11-05.  
  2. ^ "Allied personnel on ACA bodies". History Information Bulletin. United States government. May 1948. pp. 29–31. Retrieved 2008-11-05.  
  3. ^ "Volume 4 Chapter 1 - The Security Services". National Reconciliation Committee report. Ghana government. Retrieved 2008-11-05.  
  4. ^ "Past General Officers Commanding /chiefs of the Defence Staff". Official website. Ghana Armed Forces. 06. Retrieved 2008-11-05.  
Military offices
New title Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Major General Henry T. Alexander


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