THOMPSON, Julian Howard Atherden

Rank: 
Major General
Unit/Base: 
'3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines'
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Commander 3 Commando Brigade RM 1981 to 1983 including during the Falklands War.
Service History Summary (Imperial War Museum)
Officer cadet trained at Royal Marine Infantry Training Centre at Lympstone, GB, 1952-1954; officer served with 40 Commando, Royal Marines in the Canal Zone, Egypt and Malta, 1954-1955; student attended Winter Warfare and Officers Training Package Courses in GB, 1955-1956; served as instructor with 42 Commando at Bickleigh, GB, 1957; served with 40 Commando in Libya, Malta and Cyprus, 1957-1959; served as housemaster with Junior Wing, Royal Marines Depot, Deal, GB, 1959-1961; served with 45 Commando, Royal Marines in Aden, 1961-1962; served as adjutant with 43 Commando, Royal Marines in GB, 1962-1964; student at Staff College, Camberley in GB, 1965; served as staff officer with Headquarters, Far East Land Forces in Singapore and Aden, 1965-1967; served with 40 Commando, Royal Marines in Middle East and Far East, 1967-1969; served as instructor with Officers' Training Wing, Lympstone, GB, 1969-1970; served as Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff at Ministry of Defence in London, GB, 1970-1972; served as brigade major with 3 Commando Bde in GB, Mediterranean and Norway, 1972-1973; served as instructor with Directing Staff of Joint Services Staff College, Camberley in GB, 1973-1975; commanded 40 Commando, Royal Marines in GB, Caribbean, Northern Ireland and Mediterranean, 1975-1978; served as staff officer with Headquarters, Commando Forces in Plymouth, GB, 1978-1979: student with Royal College of Defence Studies, London, GB, 1979-1980; commanded 3 Commando Bde in GB and during Falklands War, 1980-1983; commanded Training Reserve Forces and Special Forces, Royal Marines in Portsmouth, GB, 1983-1986
 
Sources
IWM Oral Interview catalogue no.28361 [listen to interview....].
Globe and Laurel July/Aug. 1982 edition.
 

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