Biography and Notes
Field Marshal Sir Roland Christopher Gibbs, GCB, CBE, DSO, MC, ADC, (Gen). Baptised 31 July 1921 at Barrow Gurney. Educated at Eton and RMC.
Field Marshal 1979. Served 1939-45 War in North
Africa, Italy and N.W. Europe. On the Staff in Ministry of Defence (1956-59); Washington (1962-63) and Chief of Staff, HQ Middle East (1966-67). Commander: 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (1960-62); 16 Parachute Brigade (1963-66); British Forces Persian Gulf (1969-71); 1st British Corps B.A.O.R. (1972-74). Commander in Chief United Kingdom Land Forces (1974-76). Chief of the General Staff (1976-79). Colonel Commandant The Royal Green Jackets and The Parachute Regiment. ADC General to H.M. The Queen (1976-79). M.C. 1942; D.S.O. 1945; C.B.E. 1968; K.C.B. 1972; G.C.B. 1976.
Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire 1980. Regional Director of Salisbury Regional Board of Lloyds Bank Ltd. 1979. A Commissioner of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea (1980).
Portraits: Pastel (1926) by Miss Noyes; by John Ward; by David Morris; last in own possn. By A. C. Davidson-Houston for The Royal Green Jackets.