Lord Bramall

Former British Military Chief Lord Bramall Dies Aged 95

Lord Bramall took part in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944.

Lord Bramall

Lord Bramall also served as Chief of the Defence Staff (Picture: PA).

Lord Bramall, former head of the Armed Forces, has died at the age of 95.

He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1943 during the Second World War and took part in the Normandy landings on D-Day.

He was Chief of the General Staff from 1979 until 1982, after which he served as Chief of the Defence Staff until 1985.

Following reports of his death, Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, said: "He was a remarkable soldier who served our country with great bravery and dedication over many decades, inspiring his many subordinates, and overseeing significant change as a Chief of Staff that we still benefit from today.

"We will all miss his wisdom, his generosity and his rifleman's lightness of touch."

Watch: Lord Bramall on the Queen and military leadership in one of his last interviews with Forces News in 2016.

Former defence minister Tobias Ellwood paid tribute on Twitter, posting: "An inspirational leader, fellow Green Jacket and mentor who landed on the Normandy beaches, received an MC in Holland a year later, served in our Special Forces, commanded the British Army and then the entire Armed Forces."

In 2014, Lord Bramall was falsely accused of child sex abuse, along with a number of other high-profile figures.

Earlier this year, his accuser Carl Beech was jailed for 18 years.