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March 1998


Chief of Defence of the United Kingdom

Sir Charles Guthrie

1994 -


General, Sir Charles Guthrie was born on 17 November 1938. He went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1957 and was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1959. He served with his Regiment as a young officer in the United Kingdom, Germany and Aden. In 1966 he became a Troop Commander with 22nd Special Air Service Regiment and served in Aden, the Persian Gulf, Malaysia and East Africa. In 1968 as a Squadron Commander, still serving with 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, he served in the Persian Gulf and the United Kingdom.

He returned to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Mnster in 1970 to command a mechanised infantry company prior to attending the Staff College at Camberley in 1972.

His first appointment after attending the Staff College was Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff (Field Marshal Lord Carver and General Sir Peter Hunt). After a year as Second in Command of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in London and Cyprus in 1976 he assumed the appointment of Brigade Majot, Household Division. In 1977 he commanded 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Berlin and North Ireland.

He became Colonel General Staff, Ministry of Defence, in 1980 (Col GS MO2) responsible for military operations and planning world-wide, less Germany and Northern Ireland. In the same yeat he was Commander British Forces New Hebrides (Vanuatu).

In 1981 he was appointed Commander of the 4th Armoured Brigade in Mnster, following which he was Chief of Staff, Headquarters 1st (British) Corps in Bielefeld.

He was appointed General Officer Commanding the 2nd Infantry Division and North East District in 1985. He was appointed Colonel Command of the Intelligence Corps in 1986. He Became Assistant Chief of the General Staff in November 1987 and assumed command of the 1st (British) Corps in October 1989. In January 1992 he became Commander Northern Army Group and Commander-in-Chief British Army of the Rhine. Northern Army Group was disbanded in June 1993. He was appointed ADC Gen on 13 July 1993 and GCB in The Queen's Birthday Honours List 1994.

He is married to Kate and they have two sons, David and Andrew.

He is a keen skier, horseman and tennis player.


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