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Chief of the General Staff (CGS) has been the title of the professional head of the British Army
British Army
since 1964. The CGS is a member of both the Chiefs of Staff Committee
Chiefs of Staff Committee
and the Army Board. Prior to 1964 the title was Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS). Since 1959, the post has been immediately subordinate to the Chief of the Defence Staff, the post held by the professional head of the British Armed Forces. The current Chief of the General Staff is General Sir Nick Carter – having succeeded his predecessor, General Sir Peter Wall in September 2014.

Contents

1 Background 2 Chiefs of the General Staff (1904–1909) 3 Chiefs of the Imperial General Staff, 1909–1964 4 Chiefs of the General Staff (1964–present) 5 See also 6 References

6.1 Bibliography

Background[edit] The title was also used for five years between the demise of the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in 1904 and the introduction of Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1909. The post was then held by General Sir Neville Lyttelton
Neville Lyttelton
and, briefly, by Field Marshal Sir William Nicholson. Throughout the existence of the post the Chief of the General Staff has been the First Military Member of the Army Board.[1] Chiefs of the General Staff (1904–1909)[edit]

Rank Name Image In office Notes Reference

General Sir Neville Lyttelton

12 February 1904 – 2 April 1908 First CGS [2]

Field Marshal Sir William Nicholson

2 April 1908 – 22 November 1909

[3]

Chiefs of the Imperial General Staff, 1909–1964[edit]

Rank Name Image In office Notes Reference

Field Marshal Sir William Nicholson

22 November 1909 – 15 March 1912

[4]

Field Marshal Sir John French

15 March 1912 – 6 April 1914

[5]

General Sir Charles Douglas

6 April – 25 October 1914

[6]

Lieutenant-General Sir James Wolfe Murray

October 1914 – 26 September 1915

[7]

General Sir Archibald Murray

26 September – December 1915

[8]

General Sir William Robertson

23 December 1915 – February 1918

[9]

Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson

19 February 1918 – 19 February 1922

[10]

Field Marshal Frederick Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan

19 February 1922 – 19 February 1926

[11]

Field Marshal Sir George Milne

19 February 1926 – 19 February 1933

[12]

Field Marshal Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd

February 1933 – February 1936

[13]

Field Marshal Sir Cyril Deverell

February 1936 – 6 December 1937

[14]

General John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort

6 December 1937 – 3 September 1939

[15]

General Sir Edmund Ironside

4 September 1939 – 26 May 1940

[16]

Field Marshal Sir John Dill

26 May 1940 – 25 December 1941

[17]

Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke

25 December 1941 – 25 June 1946

[18]

Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery

26 June 1946 – 1 November 1948

[18][19]

Field Marshal Sir William Slim

1 November 1948 – 1 November 1952

[20]

Field Marshal Sir John Harding

1 November 1952 – 29 September 1955

[21]

Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer

29 September 1955 – 29 September 1958

[22]

Field Marshal Sir Francis Festing

29 September 1958 – 1 November 1961

[23]

Field Marshal Sir Richard Hull

1 November 1961 – April 1964 Last CIGS and first CGS; first Army officer to be Chief of the Defence Staff, 1965–1967 [24][25][26]

Chiefs of the General Staff (1964–present)[edit]

Rank Name Image Assumed office Notes Reference

Field Marshal Sir Richard Hull

April 1964 The post of Chief of the Imperial General Staff was renamed Chief of the General Staff in the 1960s

Field Marshal Sir James Cassels

8 February 1965

[25]

Field Marshal Sir Geoffrey Baker

1 March 1968 Master Gunner, St James's Park, 1970–1976; Constable of the Tower of London, 1975–1980 [27][28][29]

Field Marshal Sir Michael Carver

1 April 1971 CDS, 1973–1976 [30][28]

General Sir Peter Hunt

19 July 1973 Constable of the Tower of London, 1980–1985 [31][32]

Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs

15 July 1976 Constable of the Tower of London, 1985–1990 [33][34]

Field Marshal Sir Edwin Bramall

14 July 1979 Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, 1986–1998; CDS, 1982–1985 [35][36][37]

Field Marshal Sir John Stanier

1 August 1982 First CGS after World War II
World War II
not to have served in that war; Constable of the Tower of London, 1990–1996 [32][38][39]

Field Marshal Sir Nigel Bagnall

28 July 1985

[40]

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple

10 September 1988

[41]

Field Marshal Sir Peter Inge

14 February 1992 CDS, 1994–1997; Last CGS to hold the rank of field marshal; Constable of the Tower of London, 1996–2001 [32][42][43]

General Sir Charles Guthrie

15 March 1994 CDS, 1997–2001. Promoted to the honorary rank of field marshal in June 2012.[44] [43][45]

General Sir Roger Wheeler

3 February 1997 Constable of the Tower of London, 2001–2009 [46][47]

General Sir Michael Walker

17 April 2000 Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), 2003–2006 Promoted to the honorary rank of field marshal in the Queen's 2014 Birthday Honours. [48][49][50]

General Sir Mike Jackson

1 February 2003

[51]

General Sir Richard Dannatt

29 August 2006

[52][53]

General Sir David Richards

28 August 2009 Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), 2010–2013 [54][55]

General Sir Peter Wall

15 September 2010

[56]

General Sir Nick Carter

5 September 2014 Incumbent [57]

See also[edit]

Chief of the Defence Staff First Sea Lord
First Sea Lord
/ Chief of the Naval Staff Chief of the Air Staff Deputy Chief of the General Staff

References[edit]

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(Supplement). 31 December 1915. p. 120.  ^ "No. 30559". The London Gazette
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(Supplement). 5 March 1918. p. 2867.  ^ "No. 32615". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 20 February 1922. p. 1489.  ^ "No. 33134". The London Gazette. 19 February 1926. p. 1242.  ^ Harris, J.P. (2004). "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 13 January 2012.  ^ Heathcote (1999), p. 102 ^ "No. 34464". The London Gazette. 17 December 1937. p. 7917.  ^ "Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 19 February 2012.  ^ "No. 34858". The London Gazette
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(Supplement). 24 May 1940. p. 3175.  ^ a b Fraser (1997), pp. 174, 485 ^ Hamilton (1986), pp. 621, 725 ^ "William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 19 February 2012.  ^ "No. 39689". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 4 November 1952. p. 5863.  ^ "No. 40598". The London Gazette
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(Supplement). 30 September 1955. p. 5555.  ^ "No. 41508". The London Gazette
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The London Gazette
(Supplement). 31 October 1961. p. 7925.  ^ a b "No. 43569". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 5 February 1965. p. 1361.  ^ "No. 43712". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 13 July 1965. p. 6717.  ^ "No. 44539". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 1 March 1968. p. 2655.  ^ a b "No. 45337". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 5 April 1971. p. 3336.  ^ "Constable of the Tower of London". Parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011.  ^ "No. 46109". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 23 October 1973. p. 12551.  ^ "No. 46046". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 7 August 1973. p. 9395.  ^ a b c "General Sir Richard Dannatt
Richard Dannatt
announced as new Constable of the Tower". Historic Royal Palaces. 5 February 2009. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.  ^ "Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 12 March 2011.  ^ "No. 46965". The London Gazette
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(Supplement). 19 July 1976. p. 9899.  ^ "Lord Bramall". parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011.  ^ "No. 49142". The London Gazette
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(Supplement). 18 October 1982. p. 13571.  ^ "No. 47916". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 30 July 1979. p. 9695.  ^ "Field Marshal Sir John Stanie". The Times. Times Newspapers Ltd. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2011.  ^ "No. 49069". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 2 August 1982. p. 10134.  ^ "No. 50226". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 12 August 1985. p. 11147.  ^ "No. 51467". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 12 September 1988. p. 10255.  ^ "No. 52838". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 17 February 1992. p. 2789.  ^ a b "No. 53645". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 18 April 1994. p. 5799.  ^ "Prince Charles awarded highest military ranks by Queen". BBC. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.  ^ "No. 54726". The London Gazette
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(Supplement). 7 April 1997. p. 4170.  ^ "No. 54668". The London Gazette
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(Supplement). 3 February 1997. p. 1419.  ^ "No. 56294". The London Gazette. 6 August 2001. p. 1001.  ^ "No. 55823". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 18 April 2000. p. 4372.  ^ "No. 56992". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 8 July 2003. p. 8463.  ^ " 2014 Birthday Honours
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The London Gazette
(Supplement). 3 February 2003. p. 1389.  ^ "No. 58081". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 29 August 2006. p. 11754.  ^ "No. 59144". The London Gazette. 31 July 2009. p. 13209.  ^ "No. 59177". The London Gazette
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Bibliography[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chiefs of the General Staff (United Kingdom).

Arnold-Foster, Hugh Oakeley (1906). The Army in 1906: a Policy and a Vindication. London: John Murray.  Fraser, David (1997). Alanbrooke. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780006388630.  Hamilton, Nigel (1986). Monty: Final Years of the Field Marshal 1944–1976. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780070258075.  Heathcote, T. A. (1999). The British Field Marshals 1736–1997. Pen & Sword. ISBN 0-85052-696-5. 

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