Henry Wells (1898–1973) was a senior officer in the Australian Army.
Serving as Chief of the General Staff from 1954 to 1958, Wells' career
culminated with his appointment as the first Chairman, Chiefs of Staff
Committee, a position marking him as the professional head of the
Australian Military. He served in this capacity from March 1958 until
March 1959, when he retired from the army. Born in Victoria, Wells'
career in the Australian Army began in 1916 when he entered the Royal
Military College, Duntroon. Graduating as a lieutenant three years
later, he served in a variety of staff and instructional positions
before the outbreak of the Second World War. Initially posted to the
7th Division as a staff officer in 1940, Wells was promoted to
lieutenant colonel and made senior liaison officer to I Corps. Serving
in Greece and North Africa, he was awarded the Distinguished Service
Order for his leadership at El Alamein. Transferred to the South West
Pacific theatre in 1943 as a brigadier, he served in the New Guinea
Campaign with the headquarters of II Corps and later in the Borneo
campaign with I Corps. Following promotion to lieutenant general, he
was made Commander-in-Chief, British Commonwealth Forces Korea from
1953 to 1954, serving during the last days of the war. In retirement,
Wells was a director of several companies.
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