Major General Jeremy Francis Rowan, CB, OBE, QHS is a British physician and retired senior British Army officer. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1983 until retiring in 2016, and was deployed abroad for the Gulf War, the Kosovo War and the Iraq War. From September 2014 to June 2016, he was Director General of the Army Medical Services.

Jeremy Rowan

Birth nameJeremy Francis Rowan
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1983–2016
RankMajor General
UnitRoyal Army Medical Corps
Commands heldArmy Medical Services
Battles/warsGulf War
Kosovo War
Iraq War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Officer of the Order of St John

Early lifeEdit

Rowan was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, an all-boys grammar school in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1] He studied medicine at Queen's University Belfast and graduated with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO) degrees.[1][2]

Rowan (with beret) during a field exercise in the USA in 2015

Military careerEdit

Rowan first joined the British Army as a part-time officer with the Territorial Army.[1] On 1 February 1983, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Army, in the rank of captain.[2] He was promoted to major on 1 February 1988.[3] In 1990/1991, he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Granby (the British effort during the First Gulf War). He was the Regimental Medical Officer of 5th (Volunteer) Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers, and in charge of the Hospital Treatment Department of 32 Field Hospital.[4] On 9 November 1993, he transferred from a short service commission to a regular commission.[5]

On 23 September 1991, Rowan transferred from the Territorial Army to the Regular Army, thereby becoming a full-time soldier. He was made a captain (on probation) with seniority from 23 September 1984, and instantly promoted to major (on probation).[6] In November 1992, his commission was confirmed and he was granted seniority in the rank of major from 23 September 1989.[7]

Rowan was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 23 September 1996.[8] In 1999, during the Kosovo War, he was deployed to Macedonia where he was tasked with building and maintaining the refugee camps.[1] On 30 June 2004, he was promoted to colonel.[9] In 2005, during the Iraq War, he was deployed to Iraq, where he was responsible for the reconstruction of the five southern governorate. He spent roughly $150 million trying to regenerate the economy and deliver governance, infrastructure and security to the region.[1]

Rowan was promoted to brigadier on 30 June 2007 and granted seniority in that rank from 30 June 2007.[10] On 30 November 2011, he was promoted to major general and appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Staff.[11] In September 2014, he was appointed Director General of the Army Medical Services (DGAMS).[1][12] On 4 December 2015, he awarded the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa to a group of military medics in York; it was his last engagement as DGAMS before retiring from the army.[13] He officially retired from the British army in 8 June 2016.[14]

Honours and decorationsEdit

In November 1999, Rowan was appointed an Officer of the Venerable Order of St John (OStJ).[15] In the 2000 New Year Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[16] On 1 November 2010, he was appointed an Honorary Surgeon to the Queen (QHS).[17] In 2014, he was made a Freeman of the City of London.[1] He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2016 New Year Honours.[18]

Rowan is a recipient of a number of service medals: the Gulf Medal, the NATO Kosovo Medal, and the Iraq Medal. He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Black, Rebecca (20 October 2015). "Army's Norther Ireland born medical chief Jeremy Rowan to fall out". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "No. 49314". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 April 1983. p. 4949.
  3. ^ "No. 51289". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 March 1988. p. 3988.
  4. ^ "Ranger Band deploys on Op GRANBY, Iraq". Royal Irish. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  5. ^ "No. 53537". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1993. p. 2068.
  6. ^ "No. 52713". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 November 1991. p. 17250.
  7. ^ "No. 53022". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 August 1992. p. 13948.
  8. ^ "No. 54532". The London Gazette. 23 September 1996. p. 12677.
  9. ^ "No. 57345". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 July 2004. p. 8389.
  10. ^ "No. 58381". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 2007. p. 9548.
  11. ^ "No. 59986". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 December 2011. p. 23309.
  12. ^ "Army appointment". The Times. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2015. To be Director General Army Medical Services in succession to Major General E B Carmichael MBE QHDS, in September 2014: Major General J F Rowan OBE QHS
  13. ^ "Ebola Medals for Military Medics in York". Royal Air Force. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  14. ^ "No. 61624". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 June 2016. p. 3.
  15. ^ "The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem". The London Gazette (55666). 12 November 1999. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  16. ^ "No. 55711". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1999. p. 42.
  17. ^ "No. 59619". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 November 2010. p. 23016.
  18. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N3.
Military offices
Preceded by
Ewan Carmichael
Director General Army Medical Services
2014 to present