Jeremy Mackenzie

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Sir Jeremy Mackenzie
Born (1941-02-11) 11 February 1941 (age 74)
Nairobi, Kenya
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1959–1999
Rank General
Commands held 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders
12th Armoured Brigade
Staff College, Camberley
4th Armoured Division
1st British Corps
Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)
First Class Cross of Merit (Czech Republic)
Officers Cross of the Order of Merit (Hungary)

General Sir John Jeremy Mackenzie GCBOBEDL (born 11 February 1941) is a former British Army General who became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Military career[edit]

Jeremy Mackenzie was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Highlanders in July 1961.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1980.[1] He was made Commander of the 12th Armoured Brigade in 1984 and Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in March 1989 before becoming General Officer Commanding 4th Armoured Division in December 1989.[1] On 2 December 1991 he was appointed the last Commander 1st (British) Corps with the acting rank of Lieutenant-General[2] and in 1992 he formed the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps and became its first Commander.[1]

In 1994 he became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and was responsible for coordinating 52,000 troops from 34 nations who moved into Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3] He retired from the Army in 1999.[1]

He was also an Aide de Camp General to the Queen from 1992 to 1996.[1] He was Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from August 1999[4] to September 2006.[5]

He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.[6]

In retirement Mackenzie became chairman of UK Gear (a footwear manufacturer),[7] and chairman of AC Cars (a car manufacturer).[8] He also became a director of Blue Hackle (a security business).[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Blue Hackle
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52732. p. 18536. 3 December 1991.
  3. ^ Enabling operation
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 55590. p. 9174. 24 August 1999. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  5. ^ Registered Charities
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58021. p. 8345. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  7. ^ "UK Gear is delighted to announce the appointment of General Sir Jeremy Mackenzie (retired) as its Chairman". 1 August 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fresh start for AC Cars". The Telegraph. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Blue Hackle Board of Directors". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
John Learmont
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
March 1989 – December 1989
Succeeded by
William Rous
Preceded by
William Rous
General Officer Commanding the 4th Armoured Division
1989–1991
Succeeded by
Anthony Denison-Smith
Preceded by
Sir Charles Guthrie
GOC 1st (British) Corps
1991–1992
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
New Post
Commander Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Walker
Preceded by
Sir John Waters
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
1994–1998
Succeeded by
Sir Rupert Smith
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Unknown
Colonel Commandant, Royal Army Physical Training Corps
Unknown
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Sir Brian Kenny
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
1999–2006
Succeeded by
The Lord Walker of Aldringham