John Jones (MI5 officer)

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Sir John Jones
Allegiance United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Service MI5
Active 1955–1985
Rank Director-General of MI5
Award(s) KCB

Born 17 February 1923
Easington, County Durham
Died 9 March 1998(1998-03-09) (aged 75)
Boston, Lincolnshire
Nationality British
Occupation Intelligence Officer, Civil servant
Alma mater Christ's College Cambridge

Sir John Jones, KCB (17 February 1923 – 9 March 1998) was Director-General of MI5, the United Kingdom's internal security service, from 1981 until 1985.


Jones was a native of Wigton in Cumbria, and went to The Nelson Thomlinson School in that town. A graduate of Christ's College Cambridge where he read History, he became an officer in the Royal Artillery during World War II and served as a civil servant in the pre-independence Government of Sudan.[1] He joined the Security Service in 1955.[2] He became Deputy Director General in 1976. He was Director-General of MI5 from 1981 to 1985.[3]

In 1983, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) by Queen Elizabeth II.


  1. ^ The Defence of the Realm, by Christopher Andrew, Page 556, Published by Allen Lane, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7139-9885-6
  2. ^ Andrew, Page 556
  3. ^ Andrew, Page 853
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Howard Smith
Director-General of MI5
Succeeded by
Sir Antony Duff