John Hackett’s career timeline

Summary of John Hackett’s career, decorations and awards

1910 Born 5th November in Perth, Australia
educated at Geelong Grammar School, Australia and New College, Oxford
1931 commissioned into the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars
1934 Lieutenant
1936 served in Palestine
1937-1941 seconded to Trans-Jordan Frontier Force
1938 awarded MBE
1939 Captain
1941 service in Syria
1941 Secretary, Commission of Control, Syria and Lebanon
1941 awarded MC
1941-1942 General Staff Officer 2 (Operations), 9th Army, Middle East
1942 awarded DSO
1942 General Staff Officer 1, Raiding Forces, General Headquarters, Middle East Forces
1943 commanded 4th Parachute Brigade, Italy
1944 commanded 4th Parachute Brigade for Operation Market Garden
1945 awarded Bar to DSO
1946 Substantive Major
1946-1947 Brigadier General Staff, Austria
1947-1948 commanded Trans-Jordan Frontier Force
1950 Senior Army Instructor, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
1951 Imperial Defence College
1952 Deputy Quartermaster General, British Army of the Rhine
1953 awarded CBE
1954 commanded the 20th Armoured Brigade
1956 Brigadier
1956-1958 General Officer Commanding the 7th Armoured Division
1957 Major General
1958 awarded CB
1958-1961 Commandant, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire
1961-1963 General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Ireland Command
1961-1966 Colonel Commandant, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1962 created KCB
1963-1964 Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
1964-1966 Deputy Chief of General Staff, Ministry of Defence
1965-1967 Hon Colonel, 10th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Territorial Army
1966-1968 Commander-in-Chief, British Army of the Rhine, and Commander of Northern Army Group, NATO
1967 appointed GCB
1967-1968 Aide de Camp General
1967-1973 Hon Colonel, 10th Volunteer Battalion, The Parachute Regiment
1967-1978 Hon Colonel, Oxford University Officers Training Corps
1968-1975 Principal of King’s College London
1969-1975 Colonel, The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars
1971 President, UK Classical Association
1971-1974 Member, Lord Chancellor’s Committee on Reform of Law of Contempt
1972-1983 Member, Disciplinary Tribunal, Inns of Court and Bar
1973 President, English Association
1975 Hon Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Dyers
1976 Freeman of the City of London
1977 Visiting Professor in Classics, King’s College London
1982 Deputy Lieutenant, Gloucestershire
1985 awarded Chesney Gold Medal, Royal United Service Institute for Defence Studies
1997 Died 9th September