Alasdair Walker

Surgeon Vice-Admiral Alasdair James Walker, CB, OBE, QHS, FRCS (22 June 1956 – 1 June 2019) was a British medical doctor and senior Royal Navy officer. He served as Surgeon-General of the British Armed Forces.

Alasdair Walker
Surgeon Vice-Admiral Alasdair Walker.jpg
Surgeon Admiral Walker in 2018 as a Surgeon Vice-Admiral
Birth nameAlasdair James Walker
Born(1956-06-22)22 June 1956
Glasgow, Scotland
Died1 June 2019(2019-06-01) (aged 62)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1978–2019
RankSurgeon Vice-Admiral
Service numberC025111J
Commands heldCommando Forward Surgical Group 2
Battles/warsFalklands War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Early life and educationEdit

From 1965 to 1974, Walker was educated at the High School of Glasgow, then a grammar school in Glasgow, Scotland. From 1974 to 1979, he studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, and graduated with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degrees.[1]

Military careerEdit

Walker deployed to the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982 and led Commando Forward Surgical Group 2 during the Iraq War in 2003.[2]

Walker became Assistant Medical Director at the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2005, and after being deployed to Afghanistan, he was promoted to commodore and became Medical Director at Joint Medical Command in 2009.[2]

Walker went on to be Director of Medical Policy and Operational Capability for the Surgeon General in 2011 and, promoted to rear admiral, he became Director Medical Policy and Operational Capability at the Ministry of Defence as well as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Health in July 2014.[2] He became Chief Medical Officer & Medical Director General (Navy) in December 2014. In December 2015, he was promoted to vice admiral and appointed Surgeon-General of the British Armed Forces.[3][4] He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.[5]

Walker retired from the Royal Navy as a surgeon vice-admiral on 1 May 2019.[6] He died on 1 June 2019, aged 62, having had brain cancer.[7]


  1. ^ "Alasdair Walker OBE QHS MB ChB FRCS(Glas & Eng)". LinkedIn. Retrieved 24 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Serious infectious diseases" (PDF). RUSI. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 61488". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 February 2016. p. 1994.
  4. ^ "Defence Medical Services". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B2.
  6. ^ "No. 62662". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 2019. p. 9893.
  7. ^ "Alasdair James Walker". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by Surgeon General of the British Armed Forces
Succeeded by