Soldiers Who Are Served

General John Bryan Akehurst

General John Bryan Akehurst KCB CBE

Educated at Cranbrook School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, John Akehurst was commissioned into the Northamptonshire Regiment in 1949.[1] He was seconded to the Malay Regiment in 1952 during the Malayan Emergency.[2] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in 1968.

In 1974 he commanded the Dhofar Brigade of the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces against a communist-inspired armed insurrection during the Dhofar Rebellion. It reached a peak in the autumn of 1975 when he successfully launched an attack from the mountain garrison of Sarfait on the border, although at Christmas 1975 his helicopter was attacked by guerrillas.

He spent two years as Deputy Military Secretary from 1976 to 1978 and then became General Officer Commanding 4th Armoured Division in 1979.[1] In 1982 he was appointed Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley and in 1984 he became Commander of the UK Field Army. His final appointment was as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in 1987; he retired in 1990.