David Rutherford-Jones

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David Rutherford-Jones
Born (1958-08-11) 11 August 1958 (age 56)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1977–2011
Rank Major-General
Service number 504501
Commands held The Light Dragoons
20th Armoured Brigade
RMA Sandhurst
Battles/wars Kosovo War
Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major-General David John Rutherford-Jones CB (born 11 August 1958) is a retired British Army officer and former Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Early life[edit]

Rutherford-Jones was born on 11 August 1958[1] and educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, England from 1972 to 1976.[2]

Military career[edit]

After attending the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Rutherford-Jones was commissioned into the 15th/19th Hussars as a second lieutenant on 6 August 1977.[3] He was promoted to lieutenant on 6 August 1979,[4] to captain on 6 February 1984,[5] and major on 30 September 1990.[6] In 1991, he commanded B squadron, 15th/19th Hussars during a 6 month tour of duty as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.[1]

Rutherford-Jones served as Chief of Staff of 1st Mechanised Brigade from 1993 to 1996.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 30 June 1996.[7] He served at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe as a Staff Officer (Class 1) in the Joint Operation Centre from 1996 to 1997[1] and was Chief of Staff of 3rd (UK) Division prior to the Kosovo War.[1] He was then commanding officer of The Light Dragoons.[1] While CO, the regiment served for a time in the Balkans.[8] He was promoted to colonel on 30 June 2000,[9] and to brigadier on 31 December 2001 with seniority from 30 June 2001.[10]

He commanded 20th Armoured Brigade during tours of duty in Kosovo (2001/02) and Iraq (2003/04). In 2005 to 2007, he was Director of the Royal Armoured Corps.[11] On 14 August 2007, he was promoted to major general and appointed Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[12] In September 2009, he became Military Secretary, retiring from the post in February 2011.[11]

He retired on 25 May 2011.[13]

Later life[edit]

Upon retirement, he became Chief Executive of the charity Morden College.[2] He has been a trustee of Blind Veterans UK since 2011.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Rutherford-Jones is married to Sarah and has two children; George and Alice.[14]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Rutherford-Jones was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the former Yugoslavia during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002".[15] He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours.[16]

He was appointed Aide de Camp to Queen Elizabeth II on 12 December 2005.[17] His tenure expired on 1 October 2007.[18] On 31 October 2009, he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Army Music.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f NATO Biography
  2. ^ a b "Notable OLs". Lancing College. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47328. p. 11938. 20 September 1977. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47943. p. 11217. 3 September 1979. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49639. p. 1737. 6 February 1984. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52288. p. 15447. 1 October 1990. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54453. p. 8911. 1 July 1996. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  8. ^ a b "Major General David Rutherford-Jones, CB". Blind Veterans UK. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55901. pp. 7243–7244. 4 July 2000. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56446. p. 171. 8 January 2002. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  11. ^ a b Colin Mackie. "Army Commands 1900-2011 - Senior Army Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58419. p. 11780. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59796. p. 10190. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  14. ^ "Major General David Rutherford-Jones". Help for Heroes. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56734. p. 3. 29 October 2002. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 2. 12 June 2010.
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57881. p. 989. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58503. p. 16054. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59231. p. 18945. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  20. ^ Corps of Army Music
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Pearson
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Patrick Marriott
Preceded by
Mark Mans
Military Secretary
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Andrew Gregory