John Foley (British Army general)

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Sir John Foley
Born (1939-04-22) 22 April 1939 (age 75)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Sir John Paul Foley KCB OBE MC DL (born 22 April 1939) is a retired British general with a long career in military intelligence. He is the great-grandson of Henry Hodgetts-Foley, and was educated at Bradfield College.

Military career[edit]

Foley joined the Special Air Service as an enlisted man during his National Service.[1] He served in BRIXMIS during the 1970s. He was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1959[2] rose to become Director SAS in 1983.[3] He was later Director of General Intelligence, which involved ensuring intelligence provision in the theatre of war and making assessments for government ministers at the time of the Gulf War in 1990,[4] and became Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong in 1992, before being named Chief of Defence Intelligence in 1994. He left that post, retiring from the Army three years later, in 1997.[1] In 2000, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey, and served in that post for five years before retiring to his native Herefordshire.[1] He was appointed High Sheriff of Herefordshire and Worcestershire in 2006,[1] and Vice-Lieutenant of Herefordshire in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Interview with Sir John Foley". Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41772. p. 4674. 21 July 1959. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  3. ^ Army Commands
  4. ^ "Not the retiring type" Worcester News, 18 September 2006
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter de la Billière
Director SAS
1983–1985
Succeeded by
Michael Wilkes
Preceded by
Sir Peter Duffell
Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Bryan Dutton
Preceded by
Sir John Walker
Chief of Defence Intelligence
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Sir Alan West
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Coward
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
2000–2005
Succeeded by
Sir Fabian Malbon
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Andrew Grant
High Sheriff of Herefordshire and Worcestershire
2006
Succeeded by
John Yorke