Tony Milton

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Tony Milton
Born (1949-08-19) 19 August 1949 (age 67)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1967–2004
Rank Major General
Commands held Commandant General Royal Marines
3 Commando Brigade
40 Commando
Battles/wars Operation Banner
Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major General Anthony Arthur Milton, CB, OBE (born 19 August 1949) is a retired Royal Marines officer who served as Commandant General Royal Marines from 2002 to 2004.

Military career[edit]

Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, Milton joined the Royal Marines in 1967[1] and subsequently became an equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh.[2] He became Commanding Officer of 40 Commando in 1992 (in which role he was deployed to Northern Ireland and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire[3]), Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1995 and Director General for Joint Doctrine and Concepts (a post established following the Strategic Defence Review) in 1999.[4] He went on to be Commandant-General Royal Marines in May 2002 and took over as British Maritime Commander for Operation Telic – the invasion of Iraq – in April 2003[5] before retiring in February 2004.[6]


  1. ^ "(Supplement) no. 44425". The London Gazette. 6 October 1967. p. 10898. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  2. ^ "no. 50018". The London Gazette. 25 January 1985. p. 1089. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  3. ^ "no. 54028". The London Gazette. 5 May 1995. p. 6609. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  4. ^ Select Committee on Defence Hansard, 7 November 2001
  5. ^ Command Changes in Gulf Region Wired Government, 15 April 2003
  6. ^ Royal Navy Senior Appointments
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Fry
Commandant General Royal Marines
Succeeded by
David Wilson