Anthony Pigott

Lieutenant-General Sir Anthony David Pigott, KCB, CBE (23 December 1944 – 19 March 2020)[1] was a British Army officer. He also served as Independent Member of Steering Board at the Intellectual Property Office.

Sir Anthony Pigott
Born(1944-12-23)23 December 1944
Died(2020-03-19)19 March 2020
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1965–2003
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldStaff College, Camberley
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Military careerEdit

Pigott was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1965.[2] He was appointed Chief of Staff for the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in 1992, Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1994 and Director-General, Doctrine and Development in 1997.[3] From 2000 he served as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) with responsibility for planning and executing the invasion of Afghanistan.[4] He retired in 2003.[3]

Later lifeEdit

After retiring from the Armed Forces, Pigott took a position of Independent Member of Steering Board at the Intellectual Property Office.[5]

On 4 December 2009, Pigott gave evidence to The Iraq Inquiry.[6] From his evidence, it emerged that he chaired an informal working group in the Ministry of Defence in mid-2002 to explore possibilities for British military involvement in an invasion of Iraq and its possible repercussions. He told the inquiry that his aim was to avoid a poorly planned "off-the-cuff" campaign.[7]

FamilyEdit

In 1981, he married Felicity Ann Astley-Cooper.[8] They had three children, a daughter, Anna, who married Simon Hervé Marie Ghislain, Prince de Merode, son of Léonel Amaury Marie Ghislain, Prince de Merode, in September 2010.[9], and two sons, James and Matthew.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PIGOTT - Deaths Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". announcements.telegraph.co.uk.
  2. ^ "No. 43576". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 February 1965. p. 1675.
  3. ^ a b "Army Commands" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2015.
  4. ^ Iraq war inquiry key witnesses: Lieutenant General Sir Anthony Pigott and Major General David Wilson, The Guardian
  5. ^ Sir Anthony Pigott Archived 13 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Intellectual Property Office
  6. ^ "'Defining moment' as US revealed Iraq plans". BBC News. BBC. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  7. ^ Hopkins, Nick (9 July 2016). "When Blair met Bush: how the UK went to war in Iraq". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Person Page". thepeerage.com.
  9. ^ "Person Page". thepeerage.com.
Military offices
Preceded by
Christopher Wallace
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
1994–1996
Succeeded by
College Disbanded
Preceded by
Sir John Day
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments)
2000–2003
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Fry