Timothy Granville-Chapman

Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman
Born (1947-01-05) 5 January 1947
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1968–2008
Rank General
Commands held Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces
Adjutant-General to the Forces
Joint Services Command and Staff College
1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Timothy John Granville-Chapman GBE, KCB (born 5 January 1947) is a former British Army officer and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces. He presently holds the ceremonial position of Master Gunner, St James's Park.

Early life

Granville-Chapman was born on 5 January 1947. He was educated at Charterhouse School, a public school in Godalming, Surrey. He studied at law at Christ's College, Cambridge, and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1968; as per tradition, this was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA (Cantab)) degree.[1]

Military career

Granville-Chapman was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1968.[2] He went on to be an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then took a staff job in Military Operations in the Ministry of Defence.[2] Later he became Military Assistant to the Commander 1 (BR) Corps before being appointed commanding officer of 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (1RHA) in Hohne, Germany.[2]

He was made the Chief of the General Staff's author for the first version of the British Military Doctrine and then went on to be Assistant Director in the Defence Policy Staff at the Ministry of Defence.[2]

He was made commander of an armoured brigade in Germany and then Director of Army Staff Duties.[2] He became Assistant Chief of the General Staff in 1994.[2] He became the first Commandant of the Joint Service Command and Staff College when he was appointed to that post on 28 June 1996.[3] He was made Adjutant General in 2000, Commander-in-Chief, Land Command in 2003 and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 2005.[4]

He was appointed Master Gunner, St James's Park on 21 July 2008.[5]


Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) (2007)[6]
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) (2001)[7]
General Service Medal With one bar
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)


  1. "GRANVILLE-CHAPMAN, Gen. Sir Timothy (John)". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Biographical profile, Ministry of Defence, archived from the original on 13 October 2008
  3. The London Gazette: no. 5443. p. 8911. 1 July 1996. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57724. p. 10299. 9 August 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58771. p. 11003. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58196. p. 5. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  7. "New Years Honours 2000". BBC. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Walker
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
Michael Willcocks
New title
College established
Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College
Succeeded by
Brian Burridge
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Harley
Adjutant General
Succeeded by
Sir Alistair Irwin
Preceded by
Sir Michael Jackson
Commander-in-Chief, Land Command
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Dannatt
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Bagnall
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Nick Houghton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Harley
Master Gunner,
St. James's Park

Succeeded by
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