John Lorimer

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Sir John Gordon Lorimer
Born (1962-11-27) 27 November 1962 (age 54)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1981 – present
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Joint Operations
3rd Mechanised Division
12th Mechanized Brigade
Battles/wars Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Member of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir John Gordon Lorimer, KCB, DSO, MBE (born 27 November 1962) is a senior British Army officer.

Early life[edit]

Lorimer was born in 1962.[1] He was educated at Marlborough College from 1976 to 1981[2] and went on to read Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge.[1][2]

Military career[edit]

Lorimer was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment on 11 December 1982.[3] He was promoted to lieutenant on 11 December 1984, to captain on 11 December 1988 and to major on 30 September 1994.[4][5][6] After serving in Northern Ireland,[7] he was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 30 June 1999 and to colonel on 30 June 2003.[8][9] Lorimer was appointed Commander of 12th Mechanized Brigade in June 2005 and was deployed with his brigade to Iraq later that year.[10] Promoted to brigadier on 31 December 2005,[11] he was deployed to Afghanistan as commander of Task Force Helmand in April 2007.[12]

Promoted to major general on 23 November 2010, Lorimer was appointed as the Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Communications Officer. [13] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division on 6 June 2011.[14] Promoted to lieutenant general on 9 July 2013, he was appointed Deputy Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).[15][16][17]

Lorimer handed over his responsibilities of Deputy ISAF commander to Lieutenant General Carsten Jacobson in June 2014[18] and became Chief of Joint Operations in January 2015.[19]

Decorations[edit]

Lorimer was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours.[20] He was appointed Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 7 March 2008 for service in Afghanistan the previous year.[21] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2016 Birthday Honours.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Afghanistan lecture". News. King's College London. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Politics Society: General Lorimer (OM)". Marlborough College. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49265. p. 2218. 14 February 1983. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49987. p. 199. 7 January 1985. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51609. p. 331. 9 January 1989. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53807. p. 13867. 3 October 1994. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  7. ^ Campaigning and Generalship Seminars Oxford University, February 2011
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55543. p. 7303. 6 July 1999. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56986. p. 8126. 1 July 2003. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  10. ^ SAS defied MoD to rescue two of its men held hostage in Iraq as top commanders 'prepared to quit' over ban on mission Daily Mail, 6 May 2010
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57862. p. 5. 3 January 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Shura held in Sangin District Centre yesterday". NATO. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59611. p. 22517. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  14. ^ Service Appointments The Times, 8 April 2011
  15. ^ Army Commands
  16. ^ "NATO welcomes Lieutenant General John Lorimer as Deputy Commander ISAF". ISAF. July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60563. p. 13500. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  18. ^ ISAF welcomes new deputy commander
  19. ^ "British Paras form elite force with US". Daily Express. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54794. p. 6. 13 June 1997. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  21. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58633. p. 3612. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  22. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61608. p. B3. 11 June 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
James Everard
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Mechanised Division
2011–2013
Succeeded by
James Cowan
Preceded by
Nick Carter
Deputy Commander, ISAF
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Carsten Jacobson
Preceded by
Sir David Capewell
Chief of Joint Operations
2015 –
Incumbent