Tony Raper

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Anthony Raper
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1970-2006
Rank Major-General
Battles/wars Bosnian War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Anthony John Raper CB CBE is a former Quartermaster-General to the Forces.

Order of the Bath series of awards of an order of chivalry of the United Kingdom

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.

Order of the British Empire order of chivalry of British constitutional monarchy

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Quartermaster-General to the Forces senior position in the British Ministry of Defence, and previously the War Office

The Quartermaster-General to the Forces (QMG) is a senior general in the British Army. The post has become symbolic: the Ministry of Defence organisation charts since 2011 have not used the term "Quartermaster-General to the Forces"; they simply refer to "Chief of Materiel (Land)".

Military career

Educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, [1] Tony Raper was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1970. [2] He was deployed to Bosnia where he provided communications support for the Implementation Force (IFOR) in 1995. [1]

Selwyn College, Cambridge college of the University of Cambridge

Selwyn College, Cambridge is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The college was founded by the Selwyn Memorial Committee in memory of George Augustus Selwyn (1809–1878), the first Bishop of New Zealand (1841–1868), and subsequently Bishop of Lichfield (1868–1878). It consists of three main courts built of stone and brick along with several secondary buildings, including adjacent townhouses and lodges serving as student hostels on Grange Road, West Road and Sidgwick Avenue. The college has some 60 Fellows and 110 non-academic staff.

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In 1998 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Defence Communications Services Agency. [3]

In 2001 he moved to the Defence Logistics Organisation where he became Director-General for Strategy & Logistic Development: then in 2002 he was promoted to Defence Logistics Transformation Team Leader as well as Quartermaster-General to the Forces. [4] He retired in 2006. [5]

The Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) was a key element of the UK Ministry of Defence, responsible for supporting the armed forces throughout the various stages of an operation or exercise; from training, deployment, in-theatre training and conduct of operations, through to recovery and recuperation ready for redeployment.

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Corps of Signals. [6]

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  1. 1 2 AFSEA Europe
  2. "No. 45182". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 September 1970. p. 9684.
  3. "No. 55077". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 March 1998. p. 3395.
  4. "No. 56811". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 January 2003. p. 119.
  5. "No. 57952". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 April 2006. p. 5070.
  6. "No. 56655". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 August 2002. p. 9431.
Military offices
Preceded by
David Judd
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Timothy Tyler