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British army officer.

Richard Nelson Gale, British army officer. Decorated Legion of Merit (United States); Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with palm (France); Knight Grand Cross of Bath, Knight Commander British Empire, Companion Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross. Member Royal Central Asian Society.


Gale, Richard Nelson was born on July 25, 1896 in Wandsworth, London, England. Son of Wilfred and Helen Webber Ann (Nelson) Gale.


Student Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Army Staff College, Camberley, England.


; married second Daphne Mabelle Eveline Blick, 1953. Commissioned Second lieutenant Worcestershire Regiment, British Army, 1915, advanced through grades to general, 1952. Raised and commanded 1st Parachute Prigade.

Commander 6th British Airborne Division. Deputy commander 1st Allied Airborne Army, 1945, 1st British Airborne Corps, 1945, 1st Infantry Division, 1946-1947. General officer commanding British Troops, Egypt and Mediterranean Command, 1948-1949.

Director-general Military Training War Office, 1949-1952. Commander-in-chief Northern Army Group, Allied Land Forces Europe, and British Army of Rhine, 1952-1957. Aide-de-camp to the Queen, 1954-1957.

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, 1958-1960.


Member Royal Central Asian Society. Clubs: Army and Navy.


Married Ethel Maude Larnack Kleene, 1924 (deceased.; married second Daphne Mabelle Eveline Blick, 1953.

Wilfred Gale

Helen Webber Ann (Nelson) Gale

Ethel Maude Larnack Kleene

2d Daphne Mabelle Eveline Blick