The extract below is from The Cheshire Regiment Association Newsletter December 2001
GENERAL SIR CHARLES HARINGTON GCB, CBE, DSO, MC
General Sir Charles Harington is now the Regiment’s most senior officer. He was the Colonel of the Regiment from 1961 to 1968 and succeeded Major General Tom Brodie CB, CBE, DSO.
General Sir Charles joined the Regiment from Sandhurst in 1930 and was the adjutant of the 2nd Bn from 1936-39. From 1940-43 he held staff appointments and in 1944 commanded the 1st Bn The Manchester Regiment (another MG Regt at the time). From 1945-48 he held further staff appointments and in 1949 commanded the 1st Bn The Parachute Regiment. In 1951 he was Military Assistant at the War Office to Field Marshall Viscount Slim and to his successor Field Marshall Lord Harding. He then commanded from 1955-56 the 2nd Infantry Brigade in Kenya during the Mau Mau trouble. In 1958 he was Commandant of the School of Infantry before being appointed General Officer Commanding 3rd Infantry Division. In 1961 he became the Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley. In January 1962 he was appointed Colonel of The Cheshire Regiment which he held for six years. In May 1963 he was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East Command, Aden. In 1965 he was appointed General and Deputy Chief of the General Staff and from 1968 to 1971 he was Chief of Personnel and Logistics for the three services, Colonel Commandant SASC and Colonel Commandant Prince of Wales Division.
Since retiring from the service General Sir Charles has been or is at present: President of the Combined Cadet Force (‘71 -‘80), President of the Milocarian Athletic (‘65 - ‘99), President of the Hurlingham Club from ‘75 to date - having previously been the Chairman. Vice President of the Royal United Kingdom Benificent Association (‘75 - date) Vice President of the Dogs Home Battersea (‘90 to date) having been on the Committee from 1979. Vice President of The Royal Star and Garter Home (‘81 - date) Commissioner of the Duke of Yorks School, Dover (‘72 - ‘80) Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea (‘71 -‘77) Chairman of the Governors of the Royal Star and Garter Home, Richmond (‘72 -‘80) Chairman of the London Branch for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (‘80 - ‘91).
General Sir Charles is also very much involved with a Young Peoples Club, the Brunswick Club in London where there is a long waiting list for membership.
He has enjoyed restoring old English watercolours and also restoring old rocking horses for his six grand children. General Sir Charles mentions that he enjoys spending his holidays in Cornwall with all his family, by the sea, on the sea but not in the sea.
He will be long remembered as an outstanding Army athlete. He captained the 2nd Battalion’s athletic team which created a record by winning the Army Inter Unit Team Athletic Championship three years running 1937, ‘38 and ‘39. On four occasions he was a member of the Army Team competing against the other Services. He held the Army 440 Hurdles record. He has been the Chairman of the Army Athletics Association.
Although he sadly lost his wife, Lady Victoire, who died last year, General Sir Charles is enjoying life to the full as a nonagenarian and we are proud to honour his achievements for the Regiment over the past 70 years.
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