The Tank Museum | Recipient

Richard Michael Power, Sir Carver

Field Marshal Lord Carver
Born on 24th April 1915 at Bletchingley, Surrey. Educated at Winchester. 1935 commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps.

At the outbreak of World War 2 Lord Carver went to Egypt with 1st Royal Tank Regiment, followed by appointments with 30 Corps and 7th Armoured Division (the Desert Rats). During the 1941-42 winter campaign in Cyrenaica he was twice mentioned in despatches and awarded an MC. Two years later he won an immediate DSO at El Alamein and in 1943, while in Command of 22nd Armoured Brigade in Italy, was awarded an immediate bar to his DSO.

Following three weeks on the Normandy beaches he was then put in charge of 4th Armoured Brigade, and at 29 became the youngest acting Brigadier in the British Army.

On stepping down in rank after the war, Carver became Grade 1 Technical Staff Officer at the Ministry of Supply, being concerned with the development of Armoured Fighting Vehicles.

In 1950 he attended the Joint Services Staff College and in 1955 regained his wartime rank. Two years later he was at the Imperial Defence College, became Director of Plans, War Office in 1958-59, then Commander of 6th Infantry Brigade Group.

In 1962 Lord Carver was appointed Major General, GOC 3 Division which took him to Cyprus as the Commander of the Anglo-Turkish-Greek Truce Force in 1964.

In 1966 he was appointed Lieutenant General and took command of Far East Land Forces; this was followed in 1967 by promotion to General as Commander-in-Chief, Far East.

GOC-in-C Southern Command in 1969-71, Chief of the General Staff in 1971-1973 and Chief of the Defence Staff 1973-1976, having been promoted to Field Marshal in 1973.

Lord Carver became ADC to the Queen 1969-1972, Colonel Commandant REME 1966-1976, Colonel Commandant Royal Tank Regiment 1968-1972 and the Royal Armoured Corps 1974-1977. At government request he made a return to public life, following retirement, as the designated British Resident Commissioner for Rhodesia from 1977 to 1978.

Lord Carver established a reputation as a writer, publishing and reviewing many books. Hew was also frequently consulted by producers of televsion programmes.

Lord Carver was appointed CBE in 1945, CB in 1957, KCB in 1966 and GCB in 1970. He was created a life peer in 1977.

He married Edith Lowry-Corry in 1947 and they have two sons and two daughters.

COMMANDER OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER AND BAR

MILITARY CROSS

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR, 8TH ARMY BAR

FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

ITALY STAR

WAR MEDAL

QUEEN ELIZABETH II SILVER JUBILEE 1977

KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH - MILITARY DIVISION

UNITED NATIONS MEDAL

AFRICA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL