Gary Coward

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Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1974–
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Bosnian War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Sir Gary Robert Coward KBE CB is a senior British Army officer, who previously served as Chief of Materiél (Land) and Quartermaster-General to the Forces until May 2012.

Military career[edit]

Coward was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1974[1] but transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1983.[2] In 1995 he was deployed to the Bosnia and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his service there.[3] He provided daily briefings on television from Sarajevo during the conflict.[4]

He was appointed Director of Equipment Capability at the Ministry of Defence in 2003[5] and then moved on to be General Officer Commanding Joint Helicopter Command in 2005.[6] In 2007 he moved on again to be Chief of Staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood.[7] He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours.[8]

In September 2009 he was made Director of Materiel (Land)[9] and Quartermaster-General to the Forces.[10]

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[11] He is also a patron of the armed forces career management charity, Soldier On![12]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46270. p. 5057. 23 April 1974. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49237. p. 752. 17 January 1983. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54393. p. 6547. 9 May 1996. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  4. ^ 656 Squadron
  5. ^ RUSI
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57712. p. 9645. 26 July 2005. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  7. ^ Construction work is completed at Northwood Headquarters Uxbridge Gazette, 4 February 2009
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729. p. 2. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59177. p. 15384. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59191. p. 16222. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 5. 16 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Our Patrons". Soldier on!. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Paul Luker
Commander, Joint Helicopter Command
Succeeded by
Anthony Johnstone-Burt
Preceded by
Dick Applegate
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Christopher Deverell