John Smedley (British Army officer)

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Brigadier John Edward Bruce Smedley CVO is Chairman xjebsmed enterprises and Chairman The International Golf Charity, and Equerry to TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

He was educated at Felsted School, commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment as a University Cadet. He studied Economics at Reading University. He served with 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, mainly in Germany,and with tours in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and England. He also held staff appointments in Hong Kong and the Ministry of Defence in London. After the Joint Services Defence College he commanded the UNFICYP Support Regiment in Nicosia. During that time was Assistant Chief of Staff HQ BAOR, Commander Recce ACE Rapid Reaction Corps and the finally Chief of Staff of the Army Staff College at Camberley. His last appointment in the Army was Deputy Commander 1st (UK) Armoured Division in Germany. He was Private Secretary to TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex from January 2002 until April 2014.

He is married and has two sons.

Smedley was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 2010 New Year Honours [1] and Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by The Queen on 13 March 2014.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 3. 
  2. ^ "No. 60810". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 March 2014. p. 0.