Colonels Commandant


The Regiment has a Colonel Commandant and two Deputies.

Selection and Tenure

The Colonel Commandant and his Deputies may be serving or retired officers of the rank of Colonel or above. However, normally it is a serving officer. They are selected by the RTR Council and their names are laid before the Sovereign for approval.

The tenure of appointment is initially for 5 years which may subsequently be extended to a maximum of 10 years, but not normally beyond the age of 65 years.


The responsibilities of the Colonel Commandant and his Deputies are:

To guard regimental traditions, to foster esprit-de-corps, and to represent regimental interests.
To deal with all matters affecting the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment.
To foster territorial connections and regimental alliances.
To advise the Colonel Commandant, Royal Armoured Corps on matters on which they may be consulted.
To advise on regimental organisations, charities, funds, properties, museums and memorials.
To maintain good will and liaison between all parts of the Regiment.

Colonels Commandant

Below is a list of the Colonels Commandant.

NameColonel CommandantRepresentative
Major General Sir John Capper KCB KCVO1917-1923 (Director General)


Major General Sir John Capper KCB KCVO1923-1934 
Major General Sir Ernest Swinton KBE CB DSO1934-19381934-1938
Field Marshal Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd GCB KCMG LLD ADC1934-1939 
General Sir Hugh Elles KCB KCMG KCVO DSO1934-19451939
Major General G M Lindsay CB CMG DSO1938-19471940-1943
Lieutenant General Sir Charles Broad KCB DSO1939-19481944-1947
Field Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein KG GCB DSO DL1939-19481944-1947
Major General Sir Percy Hobart KBE CB DSO MC1947-19511948-1951
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC1949-1961 
Major General N W Duncan CB CBE DSO1952-19591952-1957
Major General H R B Foote VC CB DSO1957-19641958-1961
Lieutenant General Sir Harold Pyman KCB CBE DSO1959-1965 
Major General H M Liardet CB CBE DSO DL1961-19671962-1967
Major General A Jolly CB CBE DSO1965-1968 
General Sir Michael Carver GCB CBE DSO MC ADC1968-19731970-1971
Major General P R C Hobart CB DSO OBE MC1968-19781971-1974
General Sir Richard Ward CB DSO MC1970-19761974-1976
Lieutenant General Sir Allan Taylor KBE MC1973-1980 
Major General J G R Allen CB1976-19811977-1980
Major General R L C Dixon CB MC1978-19831982-1983
Lieutenant General Sir Richard Lawson KCB DSO MC1980-19821980-1982
Major General I H Baker CBE1981-1986 
Major General R M Jerram MBE1982-19881983-1985
General Sir Antony Walker KCB1983-19871985-1991
Major General Sir Laurence New CB CBE1986-1992 


 Colonel Commandant
General Sir Jeremy Blacker KCB1988-19921992-1994
 Deputy Colonel Commandant 
Major General R W M McAfee CB 1993-1994 1995-1999
Brigadier A C I Gadsby 1994-2000 
Lieutenant General A P Ridgway CB CBE 1995-1999 1999-2006
Lieutenant General A D Leakey CMG CBE 1999-2006 2006-2010
Major General P Gilchrist CB 2000-2008 

Lieutenant General Sir Christoper Deverell  KCB MBE

 2006-2010 2010-2015

Brigadier S Caraffi MBE ADC


Brigadier P J Allison


Brigadier P D P Hankinson MBE QCVS


Brigadier I J Gibb 


Colonel G J Thompson


Major General JR Patterson