Chief of the General Staff (United Kingdom)

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Chief of General Staff
Chief of the General Staff.svg
Flag of the Chief of the General Staff
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Incumbent
General Mark Carleton-Smith

since 12 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
AbbreviationCGS
Member ofDefence Council
Army Board
Reports toChief of the Defence Staff
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNo fixed length
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief of the Forces
Formation1904, 1964
First holderSir Neville Lyttelton
DeputyDeputy Chief of the General Staff

Chief of the General Staff (CGS) has been the title of the professional head of the British Army since 1964. The CGS is a member of both the Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Army Board. Prior to 1964 the title was Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS). Since 1959, the post has been immediately subordinate to the Chief of the Defence Staff, the post held by the professional head of the British Armed Forces.

The current Chief of the General Staff is General Mark Carleton-Smith – having succeeded his predecessor, General Sir Nick Carter in June 2018.

Background[edit]

The title was also used for five years between the demise of the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in 1904 and the introduction of Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1909. The post was then held by General Sir Neville Lyttelton and, briefly, by Field Marshal Sir William Nicholson.

Throughout the existence of the post the Chief of the General Staff has been the First Military Member of the Army Board.[1]

List of chiefs[edit]

Chiefs of the General Staff (1904–1909)[edit]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Sir Neville Lyttelton
Lyttelton, NevilleGeneral
Sir Neville Lyttelton
(1845–1931)
12 February 19042 April 19084 years, 50 days[2]
2
Sir William Nicholson
Nicholson, WilliamField Marshal
Sir William Nicholson
(1845–1918)
2 April 190822 November 19091 year, 234 days[3]

Chiefs of the Imperial General Staff, 1909–1964[edit]

Chief of the Imperial General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
2
Sir William Nicholson
Nicholson, WilliamField Marshal
Sir William Nicholson
(1845–1918)
22 November 190915 March 19122 years, 114 days[4]
3
Sir John French
French, JohnField Marshal
Sir John French
(1852–1925)
15 March 19126 April 19142 years, 22 days[5]
4
Sir Charles Douglas
French, JohnGeneral
Sir Charles Douglas
(1850–1914)
6 April 191425 October 1914 †202 days[6]
5
Sir James Wolfe Murray
Murray, JamesLieutenant-General
Sir James Wolfe Murray
(1853–1919)
25 October 191426 September 19151 year, 154 days[7]
6
Sir Archibald Murray
Murray, ArchibaldGeneral
Sir Archibald Murray
(1860–1945)
26 September 191523 December 191588 days[8]
7
Sir William Robertson
Robertson, WilliamGeneral
Sir William Robertson
(1860–1933)
23 December 191519 February 19182 years, 58 days[9]
8
Sir Henry Wilson
Wilson, HenryField Marshal
Sir Henry Wilson
(1864–1922)
19 February 191819 February 19224 years, 0 days[10]
9
Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan
Lambart, RudolphField Marshal
Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan
(1865–1946)
19 February 192219 February 19264 years, 0 days[11]
10
Sir George Milne
Milne, GeorgeField Marshal
Sir George Milne
(1866–1948)
19 February 192619 February 19337 years, 0 days[12]
11
Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd
Montgomery, ArchibaldField Marshal
Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd
(1871–1947)
19 February 193315 May 19363 years, 86 days[13]
12
Sir Cyril Deverell
Deverell, CyrilField Marshal
Sir Cyril Deverell
(1874–1947)
15 May 19366 December 19371 year, 205 days[14]
13
John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort
Vereker, JohnGeneral
John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort
(1886–1946)
6 December 19373 September 19391 year, 271 days[15]
14
Sir Edmund Ironside
Ironside, EdmundGeneral
Sir Edmund Ironside
(1880–1959)
4 September 193926 May 1940266 days[16]
15
Sir John Dill
Dill, JohnField Marshal
Sir John Dill
(1881–1944)
26 May 194025 December 19411 year, 213 days[17]
16
Sir Alan Brooke
Brooke, AlanField Marshal
Sir Alan Brooke
(1883–1963)
25 December 194125 June 19464 years, 182 days[18]
17
Sir Bernard Montgomery
Montgomery, BernardField Marshal
Sir Bernard Montgomery
(1887–1976)
26 June 19461 November 19482 years, 129 days[18][19]
18
Sir William Slim
Slim, WilliamField Marshal
Sir William Slim
(1891–1970)
1 November 19481 November 19524 years, 0 days[20]
19
Sir John Harding
Harding, JohnField Marshal
Sir John Harding
(1896–1989)
1 November 195229 September 19552 years, 332 days[21]
20
Sir Gerald Templer
Templer, GeraldField Marshal
Sir Gerald Templer
(1898–1979)
29 September 195529 September 19583 years, 0 days[22]
21
Sir Francis Festing
Festing, FrancisField Marshal
Sir Francis Festing
(1902–1976)
29 September 19581 November 19613 years, 33 days[23]
22
Sir Richard Hull
Hull, RichardField Marshal
Sir Richard Hull
(1902–1989)
1 November 1961April 19642 years, 5 months[24][25][26]

Chiefs of the General Staff (1964–present)[edit]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
22
Sir Richard Hull
Hull, RichardField Marshal
Sir Richard Hull
(1902–1989)
[a]
April 19648 February 196510 months-
23
Sir James Cassels
Cassels, JamesField Marshal
Sir James Cassels
(1907–1996)
8 February 19651 March 19683 years, 22 days[25]
24
Sir Geoffrey Baker
Baker, GeoffreyField Marshal
Sir Geoffrey Baker
(1912–1980)
[b]
1 March 19681 April 19713 years, 31 days[27][28][29]
25
Sir Michael Carver
Carver, MichaelField Marshal
Sir Michael Carver
(1915–2001)
[a]
1 April 197119 July 19732 years, 109 days[30][28]
26
Sir Peter Hunt
Hunt, PeterGeneral
Sir Peter Hunt
(1916–1988)
[b]
19 July 197315 July 19762 years, 362 days[31][32]
27
Sir Roland Gibbs
Gibbs, RolandField Marshal
Sir Roland Gibbs
(1921–2004)
[b]
15 July 197614 July 19792 years, 364 days[33][34]
28
Sir Edwin Bramall
Bramall, EdwinField Marshal
Sir Edwin Bramall
(born 1923)
[a]
14 July 19791 August 19823 years, 18 days[35][36][37]
29
Sir John Wilfred Stanier
Stanier, JohnField Marshal
Sir John Wilfred Stanier
(1925–2007)
[b]
1 August 198228 July 19852 years, 361 days[32][38][39]
30
Sir Nigel Bagnall
Bagnall, NigelField Marshal
Sir Nigel Bagnall
(1927–2002)
28 July 198510 September 19883 years, 44 days[40]
31
Sir John Chapple
Chapple, JohnField Marshal
Sir John Chapple
(born 1931)
10 September 198814 February 19923 years, 157 days[41]
32
Sir Peter Inge
Inge, PeterField Marshal
Sir Peter Inge
(born 1935)
[a][b]
14 February 199215 March 19942 years, 29 days[32][42][43]
33
Sir Charles Guthrie
Guthrie, CharlesGeneral
Sir Charles Guthrie
(born 1938)
[a]
15 March 19943 February 19972 years, 325 days[43][44]
34
Sir Roger Wheeler
Wheeler, RogerGeneral
Sir Roger Wheeler
(born 1941)
[b]
3 February 199717 April 20003 years, 74 days[45][46]
35
Sir Michael Walker
Walker, MichaelGeneral
Sir Michael Walker
(born 1944)
[a]
17 April 20001 February 20032 years, 290 days[47][48][49]
36
Sir Mike Jackson
Jackson, MikeGeneral
Sir Mike Jackson
(born 1944)
1 February 200329 August 20063 years, 209 days[50]
37
Sir Richard Dannatt
Dannatt, RichardGeneral
Sir Richard Dannatt
(born 1950)
29 August 200628 August 20092 years, 364 days[51][52]
38
Sir David Richards
Richards, DavidGeneral
Sir David Richards
(born 1950)
[a]
28 August 200915 September 20101 year, 18 days[53][54]
39
Sir Peter Wall
Wall, PeterGeneral
Sir Peter Wall
(born 1955)
15 September 20105 September 20143 years, 355 days[55]
40
Sir Nick Carter
Carter, NickGeneral
Sir Nick Carter
(born 1959)
[a]
5 September 201411 June 20183 years, 279 days[56]
41
Mark Carleton-Smith
Carleton, MarkGeneral
Mark Carleton-Smith
(born 1964)
11 June 2018Incumbent158 days[57]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Later served as Chief of the Defence Staff.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Later made Constable of the Tower of London.

References[edit]

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  42. ^ "No. 52838". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 February 1992. p. 2789.
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  56. ^ "No. 60984". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 September 2014. p. 2.
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