Andrew Cumming

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Andrew Alexander John Rennie Cumming

AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1967–2004
Commands heldColonel, Queen's Royal Lancers
Battles/warsKosovo War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire
Other workController, SSAFA Forces Help

Major General Andrew Alexander John Rennie Cumming CBE is a retired British Army officer who served in the Balkans as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR). After leaving the Army in 2004, Cumming took up the position of Controller at SSAFA Forces Help, a volunteer organisation set up to help serving and former British service personnel.[1]

Military career[edit]

Cumming attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned on 15 December 1967 as a second lieutenant in the 17th/21st Lancers[2] before promotion to lieutenant on 15 June 1969.[3] He was promoted to captain on 15 December 1973,[4] major on 30 September 1981,[5] lieutenant colonel on 30 June 1987,[6] colonel on 30 June 1991[7] and brigadier on 31 December 1991 with seniority from 30 June 1991.[8] He deployed to the Balkans in 1992 as the commander of the first British contingent of troops serving in Croatia under UN auspices[9] and was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on 12 June 1993 "in recognition of service during operations in the former Republic of Yugoslavia".[10] He went on to serve as Commander of Recruit Training in 1996[11] and was promoted to the substantive rank of major general on 5 September 2002.[12] Cumming was given the honorary appointment of Colonel, Queen's Royal Lancers on 14 May 2006.[13]

Cumming retired from active service on 8 June 2004 and was appointed to the Reserve of Officers at the rank of major general.[14]

SSAFA Forces Help[edit]

After retirement from the British Army, Cumming took up the position of Controller at the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, a charity which supports serving and former British servicemen and their families, in April 2004.[1] Cumming was invited to apply for the position while serving in the Balkans, negotiating the demilitarisation of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Speaking in November 2004, Cumming explained that "the end of my first life, my military life, was approaching. I was delighted to be asked to tender my abilities to SSAFA - Forces Help. More importantly, I was thrilled to be told I had got the job."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Maier, Emma (10 November 2004). "A force for change - Major General Andrew Cumming CBE, Controller, SSAFA - Forces Help". Third Sector. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
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  3. ^ "No. 44875". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 1969. p. 6256.
  4. ^ "No. 46155". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 December 1973. p. 15025.
  5. ^ "No. 48770". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 October 1981. p. 13261.
  6. ^ "No. 50979". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 June 1987. p. 8355.
  7. ^ "No. 52615". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 July 1991. p. 11596.
  8. ^ "No. 52850". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 March 1992. p. 3791.
  9. ^ Bellamy, Christopher (16 October 1992). "British troops join UN force in Croatia". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  10. ^ "No. 53333". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1993. p. 34.
  11. ^ Bellamy, Christopher (25 August 1997). "'Right, you lovely little man ...' sergeants launch a charm offensive". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  12. ^ "No. 56714". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 October 2002. p. 12079.
  13. ^ "No. 57983". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 May 2006. p. 6735.
  14. ^ "No. 57310". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2004. p. 7116.