Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson
|Born||12 August 1921|
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
|Died||8 November 2009(aged 88)|
|Years of service||1941–1981|
7th Queen's Own Hussars
Queen's Own Hussars
|Commands held||Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff|
Staff College, Camberley
20th Armoured Brigade
Queen's Own Hussars
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Virtuti Militari (Poland)
Silver Star (United States)
During the Second World War Howard-Dobson was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Yorkshire Hussars in 1941. He saw action as a tank troop commander in the 7th Queen's Own Hussars, to which he was transferred, during the long withdrawal from Rangoon in Burma during the early stages of the Burma Campaign. The regiment formed part of the 7th Armoured Brigade, and, after serving in India, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Egypt, landed in Italy in early May 1944. Howard-Dobson, along with the rest of the brigade, were to remain there for the rest of the war, engaged in the fighting on the Italian Front. He again saw action during the fourth and final Battle of Monte Cassino, and later, while attached to Lieutenant General Władysław Anders's Polish II Corps, at the Battle of Ancona, the fighting on the Gothic Line and, in April 1945, at the Spring 1945 offensive in Italy, which brought an end to the war in Italy. For his distinguished services in the war he was awarded the Italian Virtuti Militari and the US Silver Star.
After being granted a commission in the Regular Army, he attended the Staff College, Camberley, and in 1963 he was made Commanding Officer (CO) of the Queen's Own Hussars and then in 1965 he was appointed commander of the 20th Armoured Brigade, then serving in Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), following which he returned to England to attend the Imperial Defence College (now the Royal College of Defence Studies, usually destined only for officers who were destined to become high-flyers. In 1968 he became the last Chief of Staff at British Far East Command in Singapore. He was Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley from 1972, Military Secretary from 1974 and then Quartermaster-General to the Forces from 1977. In 1979 he was made Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel & Logistics) and he retired in 1981.
In retirement he was chairman of the Council of St Luke's Hospital for the Clergy.
In 1946 he married Barbara Mary Mills and together they went on to have two sons and one daughter.
| Colonel of the Queen's Own Hussars
| Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Sir John Sharp
| Military Secretary
Sir Robert Ford
Sir William Jackson
| Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Sir Richard Worsley
Sir Edwin Bramall
| Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Sir David Evans