David Burden

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David Burden
Born (1943-07-14) 14 July 1943 (age 73)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1964–1999
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Operation Banner
United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Major General David Leslie Burden CB, CVO, CBE (born 14 July 1943) is a British Army officer who went on to be Military Secretary.

Military career[edit]

Burden was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps in 1964.[1] He was posted to Germany and to Northern Ireland[1] and transferred to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps under the McLeod Reorganisation of Army Logistics in 1965.[1] He attended the Army Staff College in 1975, the National Defence College in 1981 and the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1988.

In the mid to late 1970s he twice served in the Ministry of Defence and undertook two tours with the Allied Command Mobile Force Land, one in the HQ and one in command of a logistic company. 1981 he became Chief Personnel and Logistic Officer for the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and in 1983 he became Commanding Officer of the Ordnance Battalion for 1st Armoured Division.[1] In 1985 he was made Deputy Chief of Staff at Headquarters British Forces Overseas Hong Kong and then Assistant Chief of Staff at Headquarters British Army of the Rhine.[1] In 1991 he became Director General Resettlement in the Ministry of Defence and in 1992 he became the first Director General of the Royal Logistic Corps.[1] In 1995 he was appointed Military Secretary.[1]

On retirement from the Army he became Receiver General of Westminster Abbey.[2] He is a Consultant to LGS Matrix.[1]


He is married to Sue and they have two daughters, Sophie and Harriet.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Scott
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Alistair Irwin