Peter Graham (British Army officer)

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Sir Peter Graham
Born (1937-03-14) 14 March 1937 (age 80)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1956 - 1993
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 1st Bn the Gordon Highlanders
Ulster Defence Regiment
Eastern District
RMA Sandhurst
General Officer Commanding Scotland
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir Peter Walter Graham KCB CBE (born 14 March 1937) was General Officer Commanding Scotland.

Military career[edit]

Brought up in Fyvie in Aberdeenshire[1] and educated at St Paul's School in London and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Graham was commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders in 1956.[2] He went on to be Adjutant of the 1st Bn of his Regiment in 1963[2] was mentioned in despatches for his services in Borneo during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation in 1966.[3] In 1974 he was appointed Military Assistant to General Sir Cecil Blacker, the Adjutant-General to the Forces.[2]

He was made Commanding Officer of 1st Bn the Gordon Highlanders 1976 and Chief of Staff at 3rd Armoured Division in 1978.[2] He went on to command the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1982[2] and was mentioned in despatches for his services in Northern Ireland in 1984.[4] He became Deputy Military Secretary at the Ministry of Defence in 1985 and General Officer Commanding Eastern District in 1987.[2] In 1989 he was made Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[2] He became General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 1991 and retired in 1993.[2]


In 1963 he married Alison Mary Morren; they went on to have three sons.[2]

Scottish Independence Referendum[edit]

He is a supporter of a 'No' vote in the 2014 referendum and is listed as a speaker at the launch of the Better Together Buchan campaign group on 9 November 2013.[5]


  1. ^ A war-time childhood in Fyvie BBC Scotland
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. ^ "No. 44196". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 December 1966. p. 13461. 
  4. ^ "No. 49898". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 October 1984. p. 13962. 
  5. ^ Launch of Better Together Buchan (Local Group Launch Event) Better together, 3 November 2013
Military offices
Preceded by
Simon Cooper
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Timothy Toyne Sewell
Preceded by
Sir John MacMillan
GOC Scotland
Succeeded by
Michael Scott