General Sir Peter Wall
Educated at Whitgift School (Croydon), Peter
Wall was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1974. After a short
period of military duties he studied engineering at Cambridge
University, before joining airborne forces and going on to serve with
the Royal Engineers in Belize and Rhodesia. He was appointed Chief of
Staff of 5 Airborne Brigade, before commanding 9 Parachute Squadron,
Royal Engineers. He was then appointed Commanding Officer of 32 Engineer
Regiment in Germany, deploying on operations to Bosnia.
General Wall was promoted to Brigadier and assumed command of 24
Airmobile Brigade in 1999 where he was responsible for converting the
formation into 16 Air Assault Brigade later that year. In 2001 he became
Chief of Joint Force Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters
Northwood, and went on to serve as Chief of Staff of the National
Contingent HQ in Qatar, overseeing UK operations in Iraq, from January
In May 2003 General Wall was appointed General Officer Commanding 1st
(UK) Armoured Division in which capacity he was responsible for security
in Basra in Iraq. In 2005 he became Deputy Chief of Joint Operations at
the Permanent Joint Headquarters Northwood and in 2007 he was appointed
Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments).
He was appointed as Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces in August 2009 and
appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2009
In September 2010 General Wall took succeeded General Sir David Richards
as Chief of the General Staff (CGS).