Peter Walker (RAF officer)

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Peter Walker
CB, CBE
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
In office
15 April 2011 – 6 September 2015
Premier Lyndon Trott
Peter Harwood
Jonathan Le Tocq
Preceded by Sir Fabian Malbon
Personal details
Born 29 September 1949
Rowley Regis, Staffordshire
Died 6 September 2015(2015-09-06) (aged 65)
Spouse(s) Lynda Walker
Alma mater Durham University
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1968–2007
Rank Air Marshal
Commands Joint Warfare Centre
RAF Mount Pleasant
No. 111 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Legion of Merit (United States)

Air Marshal Peter Brett Walker, CB, CBE (29 September 1949 – 6 September 2015) was a Royal Air Force officer who served as Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey from 2011 to 2015.

Early life[edit]

The son of a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter pilot, Peter Brett Walker was born on 29 September 1949 in the Staffordshire village of Rowley Regis.[1] He was initially educated at Pocklington School,[2] before joining Durham University to read for a General Arts degree at Hatfield College.[3]

RAF career[edit]

Walker joined the Royal Air Force as a flight cadet in 1968 while at university and in 1971 entered the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.[1][4] He served as a fighter pilot flying the Phantom FGR2 and Tornado F3 aircraft and went on to command No. 111 Squadron.[5] In 1993 he went to the Falkland Islands to command RAF Mount Pleasant.[1] He became Director of Operational Capability in 1999,[6] Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Operations) in 2001,[6] and Assistant Chief of Staff (Policy & Requirements) at SHAPE in 2002.[7] He went on to be Commander of the Joint Warfare Centre in Norway in 2005,[8] and retired in 2007.[4]

In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey, appointed on 15 April 2011.[4] Walker died in that role on 6 September 2015.[9]

Family[edit]

Walker was married to Lynda: they had two sons and a daughter.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Obituary: Air Marshal Sir Peter Walker". The Daily Telegraph (London). 9 September 2015. p. 31. 
  2. ^ Old Pocklingtonian Association
  3. ^ "Hatfield Record – 2016". Issuu. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d Guernsey's next Lieutenant Governor is named BBC News, 26 October 2010
  5. ^ Historic Squadron Disbanded
  6. ^ a b Ministry of Defence and Tri-service Senior appointments
  7. ^ Whitacker's Almanack 2004
  8. ^ Whitacker's Almanack 2006
  9. ^ "Guernsey Lieutenant Governor Air Marshal Peter Walker dies". BBC. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Fabian Malbon
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
2011–2015
Succeeded by
Ian Corder