John Waters (British Army officer, born 1935)

General Sir Charles John Waters, GCB, CBE (born 2 September 1935) is a retired British Army officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces from 1990 to 1993.

Sir John Waters
Born2 September 1935 (age 83)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Commands heldLand Forces
HQ Northern Ireland
Staff College, Camberley
4th Armoured Division
3rd Infantry Brigade
1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Battles/warsCyprus Emergency
Falklands War
Operation Banner
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Army career

Educated at Oundle School, John Waters was commissioned into the Gloucestershire Regiment in February 1956.[1] He was made Commanding Officer of 1st Bn Gloucestershire Regiment in 1975.[1] He was appointed Commander of 3rd Infantry Brigade in 1979, Deputy Commander of Land Forces in the Falklands during the Falklands War in 1982 and General Officer Commanding 4th Armoured Division in 1983.[1] He went on to be Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1986, General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland in 1988 and Commander in Chief, UK Land Forces in 1990.[1] Finally he was made Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 1993 until 1994 when he retired.[1]

Later career

In retirement Waters has been Deputy Chairman of the National Army Museum[2] and he was also the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry from 1992 to 1997.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Non Departmental Public Bodies Archived 22 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine Ministry of Defence
  3. ^ "No. 52792". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 January 1992. p. 492.
Military offices
Preceded by
Jeremy Reilly
GOC 4th Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Michael Hobbs
Preceded by
Patrick Palmer
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
John Learmont
Preceded by
Sir Robert Pascoe
GOC British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir John Wilsey
Preceded by
Sir Charles Huxtable
Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces
Preceded by
Dieter Clauss
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Jeremy Mackenzie


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