The Tank Museum | Recipient

Edward Cecil Osbaldeston Mitford

Born : 20th November 1908
Died : Aged 93, in 2002

Born in London, the son of an officer in the Indian Army. He was educated at Haileybury and Sandhurst before being commissioned into the 3rd Battalion, Royal Tank Corps in 1929.

In the 1930s, being involved with the desert and its lore, he contributed to the development of the sun compass which remained the only reliable means of desert navigation for decades.

Posted to Palestine in 1936 and served there for three years. In 1940 he joined the 7th Armoured Division and the Long Range Desert Group.

Promoted to Major in 1941 while in Cyrenaica. In 1942 posted to 1st Royal Tank Regiment, followed by commanding 6th Royal Tank Regiment. In 1943 he was posted to 22nd Armoured Brigade as second-in-command before attending Staff College at Haifa. After staff postings Sicily and Italy, he took command of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in Holland, and fought with the regiment in the Ardennes and across Germany to the Elbe.

After the war he served with the occupation forces in Germany before returning to England to command the 66th Training Regiment at Catterick. This was followed by appointment as GSO1 on the special staff at Ankara, followed by command of 5th Royal Tank Regment in Germany. He took command of 4th Armoured Brigade of the Arab Legion.

He moved to Ankara in 1957 to take up his final appointment as military attache at the British Embassy. He retired in 1960, but served as military assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Command, until he finally retired from military service in 1966.

In 1970 'Teddy' Mitford took over the family estate at Mitford, Northumberland, until 1992.

MILITARY CROSS

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR, 8TH ARMY BAR

DEFENCE MEDAL

FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1918-62, PALESTINE (1936-39) BAR

ITALY STAR

WAR MEDAL

QUEEN ELIZABETH II CORONATION 1953