Major-General Dair Farrar-Hockley MC

02 Dec 1946 -

  •  Military Cross medal
  • General Service Medal Clasp (1962 onwards) medal
  • South Atlantic Medal with Rosette
  • United Nations Medal, Cyprus

Dair Farrar-Hockley was commissioned in 1967, after training at RMA Sandhurst, and posted to 3 PARA. Service in UK and Malta led to training in Cyprus and Libya, concluding with the operation to protect a peaceful withdrawal of UK assets following the overthrow of King Idris in 1969.

A year in Northern Ireland as ADC to Commander Land Forces was followed by a two year posting to train recruits at Depot PARA. In 1973 he moved to 2 PARA: first as air adjutant, then adjutant and finally OC Ptls Coy.

After a year at Staff College in 1978, he served as brigade major with the Berlin Infantry Brigade before returning to British shores to command A Coy 2 PARA. Training in UK, Denmark and latterly Kenya prepared the battalion for Operation CORPORATE in 1982.  Here A Coy played its part in the successful operation to capture Darwin and Goose Green, the coup de main operation to secure Bluff Cove and the battle for Wireless Ridge, before leading the way into Port Stanley.

Next, service on the multi-national staff at SHAPE led to a return to the Staff College for a year, as an instructor; before a reunion with 3 PARA in 1984 as its commanding officer. The battalion was committed to extensive training in the UK and USA for a variety of roles before a UN tour of operational duty in Cyprus.

In 1986, he again went to SHAPE: to be SACEUR’s briefer. He then spent eight months as a Service Fellow at King’s College, London, writing a thesis on ‘Future Instability in the Mediterranean Basin’ which highlighted the likely migratory pressures upon western Europe in the future. He then took command of 19th Infantry Brigade in Colchester.

Following a year at RCDS, he was posted to Warminster as Commander Infantry Training in order to restructure the training base.  In 1995 he was sent, in a newly created post, to work for the Czech Chief of Defence to assist in the development of a new security strategy and the subsequent reorganisation of their armed forces in preparation for entry into NATO.

His final post in the army was as GOC 2nd Division based in York, which included organising the first major exercise for the TA in a decade, with the added involvement of both Czech and Polish forces.

Between 1999-2006, he worked as director general of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, helping to develop it into a global body; a field in which he now works as a consultant.

Since 1998, as chairman of the Airborne Forces Museum and later also as chairman of the Appeal Board, he led the trustees and fundraising team in the development of ‘Airborne Assault’ and its collaborative partnership with the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

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Service History

  • 1969
    Withdrawal of British Forces from Libya
  • 1969
    Withdrawal of British Forces from Libya
  • 1969
    3 PARA Withdrawal of British Forces from Libya
  • 1970
    Northern Ireland (Operation Banner)
  • 1970
    2 PARA Northern Ireland (Operation Banner)
  • 1982
    2 PARA Falklands (Operation Corporate)
  • 1982
    Falklands (Operation Corporate)
  • 1986
    3 PARA UN Peacekeeping Operation in Cyprus

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Dair  Farrar-Hockley

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  • Maj Gen Farrar Hockley at Passing Out Parade for 371 platoon, 1972.

    Maj Gen Farrar Hockley at Passing Out Parade for 371 platoon, 1972.

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  • Maj Matt Taylor, Chris Willmott and Maj Gen D Farrar-Hockley MC at the Dedication of the Prior Room, Catterick, 2011

    Maj Matt Taylor, Chris Willmott and Maj Gen D Farrar-Hockley MC at the Dedication of the Prior Room, Catterick, 2011

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