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Sir Gordon MacMillan
7 January 1897 – 21 January 1986
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 12th Infantry Brigade
152nd (Seaforth and Cameron) Infantry Brigade
15th (Scottish) Infantry Division
49th (West Riding) Infantry Division
51st (Highland) Infantry Division
Scottish Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

General Sir Gordon Holmes Alexander MacMillan, Lord MacMillan of MacMillan of Knap, KCB, KCVO, CBE, DSO and MC with two bars (7 January 1897 - 21 January 1986) was a British General who commanded several British Army divisions during World War II and who was decorated for bravery in World War I. He was Hereditary Chieftain of the Clan MacMillan.


Military career

Gordon McMillan was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1915.[1]

He served in World War II becoming Commander of 199th Infantry Brigade in 1941.[1] Later that year he became a Brigadier on the General Staff before being appointed Commander of 12th Infantry Brigade in North Africa in 1943 and moving on to be Commander of 152nd (Seaforth and Cameron) Infantry Brigade in North Africa and Sicily later that year.[1]

Later in 1943 he became General Officer Commanding 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division, in 1944 GOC 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division and in 1945 GOC 51st (Highland) Infantry Division.[1]

After the War he was appointed Director of Weapons and Development on the General Staff at the War Office in London.[1] In 1947 he became General Officer Commanding Palestine, in 1949 General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Scottish Command and in 1952 Governor & Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar.[1]


In 1929 he married Marian Blackiston-Houston and together then went on to have four sons and one daughter.[2]


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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Kenneth Anderson
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Harold Redman


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