Sir John Wilsey
|Born||18 February 1939|
|Years of service||1959-1996|
|Commands held||1st Bn Devonshire and Dorset Regiment|
1st Infantry Brigade
UK Land Forces
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)|
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Educated at Sherborne School, John Wilsey was commissioned into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in 1959. He served in Northern Ireland between 1976 and 1977 where he was mentioned in despatches. In 1978 he attended the Army Staff College, Camberley. He was Commanding Officer of 1st Bn Devonshire and Dorset Regiment from 1979 to 1982. He commanded 1st Infantry Brigade from 1984 to 1986. He was Chief of Staff UK Land Forces from 1988 to 1989 and made Colonel Commandant of the Army Catering Corps in 1990. He was also given the colonelcy of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in 1990, holding the position until 1998.
He went on to become General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland from 1990 to 1993. It was in this capacity that he oversaw the merger between the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Irish Rangers to form the Royal Irish Regiment.
He 1993 he was appointed Joint Commander of Operations in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and relinquished his post over the Army Catering Corps in favour of the position of Colonel Commandant of the Royal Logistics Corps. In 1994 he was appointed Aide de Camp General to the Queen.
Wilsey is the author of H. Jones VC: The Life and Death of an Unusual Hero a book about his great friend Lt Colonel 'H'. Jones who was killed in the Falklands War. He also became Chairman of Western Provident Association and Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Sir John Waters
| General Officer Commanding the British Army in Northern Ireland
Sir Roger Wheeler
Sir John Waters
| Commander in Chief, UK Land Forces
| Commander-in-Chief, Land Command
Sir Roger Wheeler
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