Christopher Wallace (British Army officer)

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Sir Christopher Wallace
Born 3 January 1943
Farnborough, Hants.
Died 7 January 2016
Basingstoke, Hants.
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Royal Green Jackets
Commands held 3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets
7th Armoured Brigade
3rd Armoured Division
Staff College, Camberley
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant-General Sir Christopher Brooke Quentin Wallace KBE DL (born 3 January 1943, died 07 January 2016) was a retired British Army general.

Military career

Wallace was educated at Shrewsbury School and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned in 1962. His regimental service in the Royal Green Jackets concluded with command of the 3rd Battalion in Germany and Northern Ireland from 1983 to 1985.[1] He later commanded 7th Armoured Brigade from 1986 to 1988[1] and was Director of Public Relations (Army) in the Ministry of Defence from 1989 to 1990.[1] He commanded 3rd Armoured Division from 1990 to 1992 in Germany and was Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley from 1993 to 1994.[1]

He established the Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK) at Northwood during a tour from 1994 to 1996, and then became the UK's first Chief of Joint Operations there from 1996 to 1999.[1]

He was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Green Jackets from 1995 to 1998 and Colonel Commandant of the Light Division from 1998 to 1999.

Wallace was Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies from January 2001 until January 2005[1] and was first appointed to the Board of the Imperial War Museum[1] in July 1999 and served one term. He was Chairman of the Trustees of The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum from 1999 until 2015.[1]

He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire in 2004.[2]

He died in hospital in Basingstoke on Thursday 7th January, at the age of 73, after a gallant battle against a rare cancer condition.[3]


  • A Brief History of The King's Royal Rifle Corps 1755 - 1965, by Christopher Wallace, (2005)
  • Focus on Courage: the 59 Victoria Crosses of the Royal Green Jackets, by Christopher Wallace, (2006)
  • Rifles and Kukris: Delhi, 1857, by Christopher Wallace, (2007).


Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Wilkes
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Hew Pike
Preceded by
Michael Rose
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Anthony Pigott
Preceded by
New Creation
Chief of Joint Operations
Succeeded by
Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Garnett
Preceded by
Vice-Admiral John McAnally
Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies
Succeeded by
Admiral Sir Ian Garnett