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Robin Searby

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Robin Searby
Born (1947-07-20) 20 July 1947 (age 77)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1968–2004
RankMajor General
Commands held5th Infantry Division
9th/12th Royal Lancers
Battles/warsOperation Banner
Dhofar Rebellion
Bosnian War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath

Major General Robin Vincent Searby, CB (born 20 July 1947) is a retired British Army officer who commanded the 5th Division from 1996 to 1999.

Military career


Educated at Leasam House School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Searby was commissioned into the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in 1968.[1] After service in Germany, Northern Ireland and Oman, he was appointed commanding officer of his regiment in 1987.[1] He was appointed chief of staff to the Director Royal Armoured Corps in 1989, Commander Royal Armoured Corps for 1 (British) Corps in 1991 and Commander of British Forces in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia in 1993.[1] He went on to be President of the Army Officer Selection Board in 1993, General Officer Commanding 5th Division in 1996 and Senior British Loan Services Officer in Oman in 2000 before retiring in 2004.[2]

In 2003 Searby was appointed colonel of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers.[3] In 2004 he was appointed Defence Co-ordinator with Libya under an agreement to advise and train members of the Libyan Army at Sandhurst.[4] In 2010 he became the Prime Minister's adviser on counterterrorism for North Africa.[5]



In 1976 Searby married Caroline Angela Beamish; they have one son and two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 17 December 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ The golden handshake: Brave step or a cynical ploy? The Independent, 26 May 2004
  5. ^ UK working closely with Algeria on counter-terrorism Menas Associates, 6 December 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by General Officer Commanding 5th Division
Succeeded by