Peter Whiteley (Royal Marines officer)

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Sir Peter Whiteley
Born (1920-12-13) 13 December 1920 (age 94)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1941-1979
Rank General
Commands held 42 Commando
3 Commando Brigade
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Peter John Frederick Whiteley GCB OBE DL (born 13 December 1920) is a former Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Bembridge School, Peter Whiteley was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines in 1941.[1] He was confirmed as a lieutenant on 20 March 1942 (seniority 14 June 1941).[2] He was selected to become Commanding officer of 42 Commando in 1965.[3] He was then appointed Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1968.[3] He became Commandant General Royal Marines in 1975 and Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe in 1977.[3] He served as Lieutenant Governor of Jersey from 1979 to 1984.[4]

He became Deputy Lieutenant of Devon.[5]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 35203. p. 3678. 27 June 1941. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 35508. p. 1456. 31 March 1942. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Special Units
  4. ^ States Assembly Minutes
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 50857. p. 3240. 11 March 1987. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Ian Gourlay
Commandant General Royal Marines
Succeeded by
Sir John Richards
Preceded by
Sir John Sharp
Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Desmond Fitzpatrick
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
1979 – 1985
Succeeded by
Sir William Pillar