|Sir John Kiszely|
|Birth name||John Panton Kiszely|
|Born||2 April 1948|
|Years of service||1969–2008|
|Commands held||1st Bn Scots Guards
7th Armoured Brigade
1st (UK) Armoured Division
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Mention in Dispatches
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service
Legion of Merit (United States)
Lieutenant General Sir John Panton Kiszely, KCB, MC (born 2 April 1948) is a retired senior British Army officer who was Director General of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is a former National President of The Royal British Legion, having resigned because he had said to undercover journalists that he was able to lobby government defence ministers.
Born the son of Dr John Kiszely, Kiszely was educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before being commissioned into the Scots Guards as a second lieutenant on 20 December 1968. He served with the regiment as a platoon commander, company commander and commanding officer in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands.
Kiszely became commanding officer of 1st Battalion the Scots Guards in 1986 and, following various other military appointments, took command of 7th Armoured Brigade in early 1993. In 1996 he was appointed General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Armoured Division and served as Commander of the Multi-National Division (South-West) in Bosnia.
In September 1998 Kiszely was appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Resource and Plans) at the Ministry of Defence. In 2002 he was appointed Commander of Regional Forces at Land Command and in 2004 he was deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq. In 2005 he took up his post as Director General of the Defence Academy. He retired from this post on 30 May 2008.
In December 2008 Kiszely was appointed as the new National President of The Royal British Legion. He took over the role from Air Marshal Ian Macfadyen CB OBE FRAeS who recommended him for the post. He resigned this post on 15 October 2012 as a result of a Sunday Times article which alleged that Kiszely was among several retired military leaders who had offered to lobby and influence MPs and government defence ministers on behalf of arms firms.
Honours and decorations
Kiszely was awarded the Military Cross for an action during the Battle of Mount Tumbledown during the Falklands War. He led a single-handed charge into the Argentine position, shooting two enemy soldiers and killing a third with his bayonet. The Argentines were promptly routed and surrendered.
Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely is married with three children.
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- Oxford Leverhulme Biography
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- "Inquiry into Legion lobby claim". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- "US would not 'admit' the insurgency in post-war Iraq". BBC News (BBC). 15 December 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
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- The peerage.com
|General Officer Commanding the 1st (UK) Armoured Division
|Commander Multi-National Division (South-West), Bosnia
June 1996–December 1996
|New title||Commander Regional Forces
Sir John McColl
|Senior British Military Representative
and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq
Sir Roger Jackling
|Director General of the Defence Academy
|Non-profit organization positions|
|President of the Royal British Legion