David Wilson (Royal Marines officer)

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David Wilson
Born 1949
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1969–2004
Rank Major General
Commands held Commandant General Royal Marines
3 Commando Brigade
45 Commando
Special Boat Service
Battles/wars Operation Banner
Kosovo War
Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches

Major General David Wilson, CB, CBE (born 1949) is a Royal Marines officer who briefly served as Commandant General Royal Marines from February to August 2004.

Military career[edit]

Wilson joined the Royal Marines in 1969 and went on to serve in Northern Ireland in 1987.[1] He commanded the Special Boat Service[2] as well as being Commanding Officer of 45 Commando from 1993 and Commander of 3 Commando Brigade from 1998.[3] From December 1999 he was Chief of Staff at NATO Joint Headquarters North.[4] He was later deployed to Kosovo where he became co-chairman of the Kosovo Security Committee.[2] He was the Senior British Representative to CENTCOM at Tampa, Florida from October 2002 to October 2003[5] (in which role he was involved in planning for the Iraq War)[6] and became Commandant General Royal Marines in February 2004[3] before retiring later that year.[7]

Later life[edit]

In retirement, he became Director of a United Nations programme engaged in disarming warlords and disbanding illegal armed groups in Afghanistan.[2]

Honours and decorations[edit]

In 1987, Wilson was mentioned in despatches "in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland".[1]


  1. ^ a b "(Supplement) no. 51087". The London Gazette. 12 October 1987. p. 12661. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b c Berwick Consultants
  3. ^ a b Royal Navy Senior Appointments Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2000
  5. ^ Defence questions Hansard, 4 June 2007
  6. ^ Iraq Inquiry
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2005
Military offices
Preceded by
Anthony Milton
Commandant General Royal Marines
February 2004 – August 2004
Succeeded by
James Dutton