John D'Arcy (British Army officer)

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John D'Arcy
John D'Arcy in 1943.jpg
Born (1894-02-12)12 February 1894
Died 1 February 1966(1966-02-01) (aged 71)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1914–1946
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Royal Field Artillery
Commands held 69th Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery
9th Support Group
9th Armoured Division
British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Palestine Emergency
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross
Mentioned in dispatches

Lieutenant-General John Conyers D'Arcy CBE MC (12 February 1894 – 1 February 1966) was a senior British Army officer who fought in both World War I and World War II, where he commanded the 9th Armoured Division.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of the Most Reverend Charles D'Arcy, D'Arcy was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in 1914.[1][2] He fought in the First World War and while on leave saw active service with the British Army during the Easter Rising, leading the attack on the General Post Office, Dublin. He was wounded on the North-West Frontier of India in 1931 and awarded the Military Cross.[3]

He served again in the Second World War, commanded 9th Armoured Division in the UK from 1942, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and became General Officer Commanding British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan from 1944.[3][4] He retired in 1946.[5]

He lived at Hyde Park in County Westmeath in Ireland.[2]


In 1920 he married Noël Patricia Wakefield; they had two sons.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 28902". The London Gazette. 15 September 1914. p. 7300. 
  2. ^ a b c The
  3. ^ a b Charles Frederick d'Arcy Archived 12 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. at
  4. ^ D'Arcy of Hyde Park Papers at, the National Library of Ireland web site (pdf file)
  5. ^

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Military offices
Preceded by
Brian Horrocks
GOC 9th Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Post disbanded
Preceded by
Douglas McConnel
GOC British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan
Succeeded by
Sir Evelyn Barker