Martin Farndale

General Sir Martin Baker Farndale, KCB (6 January 1929 – 10 May 2000) was a British Army officer who reached high office in the 1980s.

Sir Martin Farndale
Born(1929-01-06)6 January 1929
Died10 May 2000(2000-05-10) (aged 71)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1948–1987
Commands heldBritish Army of the Rhine
1st British Corps
2nd Armoured Division
7th Armoured Brigade
1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
Battles/warsThe Troubles
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Military career

Educated at Yorebridge Grammar School, Askrigg, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Farndale was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1948.[1] He went to the Staff College, Camberley in 1959.[1]

In 1969 Farndale was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, which was deployed to Northern Ireland at the early stages of The Troubles.[1] In 1973 he was appointed commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade in Germany before, in 1978, he returned to the UK to become Director of Operations at the Ministry of Defence in which role he had to organise the disarming of guerillas in order to facilitate the creation of the future nation of Zimbabwe.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2nd Armoured Division in Germany in 1980.[1]

In 1983, Farndale became GOC of 1st British Corps.[1] Finally, in 1985, he was made GOC of British Army of the Rhine and Northern Army Group.[1]

In retirement Farndale wrote four volumes of the History of the Royal Artillery.[1]


In 1955 Farndale married Margaret Anne Buckingham.[1] They had one son.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Alexander Boswell
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Patrick Palmer
(as GOC 2nd Infantry Division)
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Bagnall
GOC 1st (British) Corps
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Kenny
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Morony
Master Gunner, St. James's Park
Succeeded by
Lord Vincent
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