Michael Wilkins

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Sir Michael Wilkins
Born 4 January 1933
Died 25 April 1994
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1951 - 1987
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 3 Commando Brigade
Royal Marines
Battles/wars Falklands War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir Michael Compton Lockwood Wilkins KCB OBE (4 January 1933 - 25 April 1994) was a senior Royal Marines officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Military career[edit]

Wilkins joined the Royal Marines in 1951.[1] He was appointed Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1979, Chief of Staff of the Royal Marines in 1981 (a post he held during the Falklands War and during which he was Acting Commandant General following the attack on Lieutenant General Sir Steuart Pringle),[2] and Commander of Commando Forces in 1982.[3] He went on to be Commandant General Royal Marines in 1984 before retiring in 1987.[3] In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey and died in office.[4]

He lived at Coombe Hill in Devon.[5]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Steuart Pringle
Commandant General Royal Marines
Succeeded by
Sir Martin Garrod
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Boswell
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir John Coward