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Sir Dudley Ward
27 January 1905 – 28 December 1991
Gen. Sir Dudley Ward
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 231 Brigade
17 Brigade
4th Infantry Division
I Corps
British Army of the Rhine
Near East Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Alfred Dudley Ward, GCB, KBE, DSO, (27 January 1905 – 28 December 1991), was a British Army officer during the Second World War and later Governor of Gibraltar.

Military career

Educated at Wimborne Grammar School, Ward went on to serve in the army as an other rank for three years before entering Sandhurst Military Academy. He was commissioned into the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1929[1] and went on to the Staff College, Quetta in 1935. In 1937, Ward was promoted to captain and transferred to the King's Regiment (Liverpool).[1] With the exception of his secondment to India for staff service in 1939,[2] Ward remained in Britain during the initial period of the Second World War.

He became brigadier-general staff in XI Corps in 1942 and subsequently took command of 231 Brigade. Ward became commander of 17 Brigade in October 1943,[1] which he led in Italy. Given the acting rank of major-general, Ward took command of the 4th Infantry Division in April 1944.[1] The division fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino the following month, during which it suffered heavy casualties attempting to establish a bridgehead over the Rapido river. His division later moved to Greece, where it was active against Communist partisans. For his services in Italy he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[3]

After the war, Ward was promoted to substantive major-general[4] and appointed in quick succession as Director of Military Operations at the War Office and commandant of the Staff College, Camberley, in 1947 and 1948 respectively.[1] He assumed command of I Corps in Germany before returning to Britain in 1953 as Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff.[1] Ward returned to Germany in 1957 as Commander-in-Chief of Northern Army Group and the British Army of the Rhine. From 1959 to 1962, he served as Aide-de-Camp to Queen Elizabeth II and Commander-in-Chief, Near East Command.[1]

He became Governor and Commander-in-Chief Gibraltar in 1962,[1] where he presided over the introduction of the 1964 constitution. The Dudley Ward Tunnel is named in his honour. Ward retired from the army in 1965[5] and subsequently devoted himself to serving as Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk until 1984.

Following convention for retired senior officers, Ward maintained links with the British Army through the honorary positions of Colonel-Commandant of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Colonel of the King's Regiment.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 34596, p. 864, 7 February 1939. Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
  3. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37161, p. 3490, 1945-07-03. Retrieved on 2008-08-05.
  4. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37986, p. 2711, 13 June 1947. Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
  5. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43809, p. 10427, 5 November 1965. Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
  • Smart, Nick (2005), Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War, Leo Cooper Ltd ISBN 1-84415-049-6
Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
GOC 1st (British) Corps
1951 – 1952
Succeeded by
Sir James Cassels
Preceded by
Sir John Whiteley
Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Hull
Preceded by
Sir Richard Gale
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine
Succeeded by
Sir James Cassels
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Keightley
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Gerald Lathbury


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