Anthony Bagnall

Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony John Crowther "Tony" Bagnall, GBE, KCB, FRAeS (born 8 June 1945) is a retired senior Royal Air Force officer and former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

Sir Anthony Bagnall
Born8 June 1945 (age 74)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1964–2005
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldVice-Chief of the Defence Staff (2001–05)
Strike Command (2000–01)
Air Member for Personnel (1998–00)
No. 11 Group (1994–96)
RAF Leuchars (1988–89)
No. 23 Squadron (1983–85)
No. 43 Squadron (1983)
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Flying career

Bagnall was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1967.[1] He became a weapons instructor on the Lightning aircraft later that year.[1] Bagnall became Commanding Officer of No. 43 Squadron flying Phantoms, and then No. 23 Squadron in the Falkland Islands in 1983 before becoming Director of Air Staff Briefing and Co-ordination in 1985 and then Station Commander of RAF Leuchars in Fife in 1988.[1] Promoted to air commodore in 1990, he was made Director of Air Force Staff Duties at the Ministry of Defence in 1991.[1] Promoted again, this time to air vice marshal, in 1992 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff and then in 1994 went on to become Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group.[1] This was followed by a tour starting in 1996 as Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe in the rank of Air Marshal.[1]

In 1998 he became Air Member for Personnel and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Personnel and Training Command before being appointed Commander-in-Chief Strike Command in 2000.[1] He served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff from 2001 until his retirement in 2005.[1]

In 2005 he became a member of the Court of the University of St Andrews.[2]


He is married to Pamela; they have three children.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Debretts Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Minutes of the University Court of St Andrews Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Biography of Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Bagnall". Bagnall Village. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Timothy Garden
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Squire
Preceded by
John Allison
Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group
Group merged with No. 18 Group
Cliff Spink as AOC No. 11/18 Group
Preceded by
Sir David Cousins
Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command
Air Member for Personnel

Succeeded by
Sir John Day
Preceded by
Sir Peter Squire
Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command
Preceded by
Sir Peter Abbott
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Richard Johns
Air Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen
Succeeded by
Sir John Day
Air Member for Personnel

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In 1918 on the establishment of the post it was titled the Master-General of Personnel, while from 1919 to 1923 the post was designated as the Director of Personnel. Thereafter it has been known by its current title, the Air Member for Personnel. In 1994 with the establishment of Personnel and Training Command (PTC), the post of Commander-in-Chief PTC and the Air Member for Personnel were held concurrently by a single officer at any one time. In 2007 PTC was disbanded and from then onward, the Air Member for Personnel has been double-hatted as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Air Command with responsibility for No. 22 Group RAF and RAF personnel management functions.

Air aide-de-camp

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W. G. Bagnall, British locomotive manufacturing company

Bagnall Beach Observatory, astronomical observatory on the east coast of Australia

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