Michael Wilkes

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Sir Michael Wilkes
Born (1940-06-11)11 June 1940
Died 27 October 2013(2013-10-27) (aged 73)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1961 - 1995
Rank General
Commands held 22 SAS
22 Armoured Brigade
3rd Armoured Division
Commander UK Field Army
Honourable Artillery Company
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Michael Wilkes, KCB CBE  (11 June 1940–27 October 2013) was a British army officer who became Adjutant-General to the Forces in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Wilkes was educated at the King's School, Rochester.[1]

Military career[edit]

Wilkes was commissioned in to the Royal Artillery in 1961.[2] He served as Commanding Officer of 22 SAS[3] and was appointed Commander of 22 Armoured Brigade in 1984[1] and Director SAS in 1986.[4] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division in 1988[1] and Commander UK Field Army and Inspector General of the Territorial Army in 1990,[1] remaining in that post until 1993.[5] During Operation Granby he was the Land Deputy to the Joint Commander Gulf Forces who was based at HQ Strike Command.[1] In 1993 he became Adjutant General:[6] he retired from the British Army in 1995.[7]

Later life[edit]

In 1995 he became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey,[8] a post he held until 2001. In 2008 he became a Director of Heritage Oil[9] and of Stanley Gibbons.[10] He died on 27 October 2013, leaving a wife (Anne) and two sons.[1][11][12]

Honours[edit]

Wilkes was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1980 New Year Honours,[13] and was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours.[14] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1991 New Year Honours.[15] In 1995 he was named a Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John (KStJ).[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42291. p. 1615. 3 March 1961. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  3. ^ Pegasus Bridge Fund
  4. ^ Army Commands
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53299. p. 8194. 11 May 1993. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53312. p. 9062. 17 May 1993. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54153. p. 12372. 12 September 1995. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54161. p. 12691. 19 September 1995. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  9. ^ Heritage Oil Reuters, 28 March 2008
  10. ^ Stanley Gibbons Group, Reuters.com, 16 January 2008; accessed 18 August 2014.
  11. ^ Obituary, thisisjersey.com; accessed 18 August 2014.
  12. ^ Notice of Wilkes' death, announcements.telegraph.co.uk; accessed 18 August 2014.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48041. p. 4. 31 December 1979. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51365. p. 5. 11 June 1988. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52382. p. 2. 31 December 1990. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54218. p. 15693. 20 November 1995. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Foley
Director SAS
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Rose
Preceded by
Sir Edward Jones
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Armoured Division
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Wallace
Preceded by
Sir David Ramsbotham
Commander UK Field Army
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Rose
Preceded by
Sir David Ramsbotham
Adjutant General
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Rose
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Sutton
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
1995 – 2001
Succeeded by
Sir John Cheshire