John Stibbon

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Sir John Stibbon
Born (1935-01-05)5 January 1935
Died 9 February 2014(2014-02-09) (aged 79)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1954–1991
Rank General
Service number 437174
Commands held 28th Amphibious Engineer Regiment
20th Armoured Brigade
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir John James Stibbon KCB, OBE (5 January 1935 – 9 February 2014) was a senior British Army officer who served as Master-General of the Ordnance from 1987 to 1991.

Early life[edit]

Stibbon and his twin sister were born in London, England, on 5 January 1935 to Jack Stibbon, a policeman.[1] With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he was evacuated to Norfolk.[1] He was educated at Portsmouth Southern Grammar School.[2] At school, he was an accomplished athlete and footballer.[1]

Military career[edit]

Having completed officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Stibbon was commissioned into the Royal Engineers, British Army, on 6 August 1954 as a second lieutenant.[3][4] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 28th Amphibious Engineer Regiment in 1975 and then made Assistant Military Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in 1977.[4] In 1979 he was made Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade and in 1983 he became Commandant of the Royal Military College of Science.[4] He was promoted to Assistant Chief of Defence Staff in 1985 and to Master-General of the Ordnance in 1987; he retired in 1991.[4] He was also Chief Royal Engineer from 1993 to 1999 and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Army Pay Corps, of the Royal Pioneer Corps and the Royal Engineers.[4]

Later life[edit]

In retirement, Stibbon was a non-executive director of the Chemring Group from 1993 to 2005 and Chairman of ITT Defence Ltd from 1993 to 2004.[4] He was also an Honorary Vice-President of the Football Association from 1987 to 1993.[4]

He died on 9 February 2014. His funeral service was held at St Andrew's Church, Shrivenham on 25 February 2014.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "General Sir John Stibbon". The Times. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "General Sir John Stibbon – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "No. 40292". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 October 1954. p. 5630. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Debrett's People of Today Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Announcements – Stibbon". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Vincent
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Jeremy Blacker
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir George Cooper
Chief Royal Engineer
Succeeded by
Sir Scott Grant