Robert Fulton (Royal Marines officer)

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Sir Robert Fulton
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Lieutenant General Fulton in September 2006
Born (1948-12-21) 21 December 1948 (age 66)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1972 – 2006
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Commandant-General RM
42 Commando
3 Commando Brigade
Governor of Gibraltar
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Knight of the Order of St John

Lieutenant General Sir Robert Henry Gervase Fulton KBE  (born 21 December 1948) is a former Royal Marines officer who served as Governor of Gibraltar.


Chapel of Eton College

Educated at Eton College and at the University of East Anglia where he graduated with a BA degree, Fulton joined the Royal Marines in 1972.[1] After serving as a junior officer for a number of years he was appointed to the Staff College at Warminster.[1] He became a Company Commander in 42 Commando in 1983 and then undertook various staff appointments before joining the Directing Staff of the Army Staff College, Camberley in 1990.[1]

He was appointed Commanding Officer of 42 Commando in 1992, Assistant Director for CIS Operational Requirements in 1994 and a member of the Rapid Reaction Force Operations Staff in UNPROFOR in 1995.[1]

After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies and then the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1996, he became Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1997, Commandant-General Royal Marines in 1998 and Equipment Capability Manager at the Ministry of Defence in 2001.[1] In 2003 was promoted to Lieutenant-General, on appointment as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability).[1]

In September 2006, Fulton took over as Governor of Gibraltar. He was the first Governor to witness change in the Gibraltar constitution since 1967. His term ended in October 2009.

In April 2007 it was announced that Fulton would lead an inquiry into the capture of 15 British military personnel by Iranian forces.[2]

In July 2010 he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Leadership Foundation. Fulton is also a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers and a Freeman of the City of London.


Fulton was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2005 Birthday Honours.[3] He was appointed a Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John (KStJ) on 5 August 2009.[4]


Fulton married Midge née Free in 1975 and they have two sons.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Biography at EDA
  2. ^ "Gibraltar Governor heads Royal Marine inquiry". 16 April 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57665. p. 4. 11 June 2005.
  4. ^ "Order of St John". 
  5. ^ Gibraltar Receives New Governor

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Military offices
Preceded by
David Pennefather
Commandant-General Royal Marines
1998 – 2001
Succeeded by
Robert Fry
Preceded by
Jock Stirrup
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability)
2003 – 2006
Succeeded by
Andrew Figgures
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Richards
Governor of Gibraltar
2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Sir Adrian Johns