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The Master Gunner St James’s Park’s appointment goes back to 1678 and has generally been held by a senior officer in the Royal Artillery. The early incumbents (known then as the Master Gunner of Whitehall & St James's Park) were responsible for the artillery defence of Whitehall Palace and the Palace of Westminster.

There has always been a connection between the Monarch and the Regiment and it remains to this day where The Queen is 'The Captain-General' of the Royal Regiment. The Master Gunner, whose appointment is approved by Her, is the link to the Regiment. He presides over regimental affairs by heading a Committee comprising serving and recently retired senior officers of the Regiment which provides guidance, advice and direction on all matters and affairs concerning the past, present and future of the Royal Regiment. Along with his fellow Masters and Chiefs, he provides a report annually to the Chief of the General Staff on regimental affairs. The Master Gunner also maintains the Captain-General’s links to Commonwealth Artilleries.

The Master Gunner St James’s Park should not be confused with that of the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Master Gunner), which is a technical and instructional appointment achieved by some Royal Artillery warrant officers.


List of Master GunnersEdit

Whitehall & St. James's ParkEdit

Captain Thomas Silver 1678–1710
Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Watson 1710–1741

St. James's ParkEdit

Lieutenant Colonel James Deal 1742–1760
Major-General Joseph Brome 1760–1769
Held by a non-commissioned officer 1770–1783
Major-General Joseph Walton 1783–1808
Lieutenant General Sir John Macleod GCH 1808–1833
Major General Sir Alexander Dickson GCB KCH 1833–1840
General Sir Robert Gardiner GCB KCH 1840–1864
Field Marshal Sir Hew Dalrymple Ross GCB 1864–1868
General William Wylde CB 1868–1877
General Sir John Bloomfield GCB 1877–1880
General Poole Vallancey England 1880–1884
General Sir John St. George GCB 1884–1891
General Sir Collingwood Dickson VC GCB 1891–1904
Field Marshal The Earl Roberts VC KG KP GCB OM GCSI GCIE 1904–1914
General Sir Robert Biddulph GCB GCMG 1914–1918
Major General Francis William Ward CB 1918–1919
General Sir Edward Francis Chapman KCB 1919–1926
General The Lord Horne GCB KCMG 1926–1929
Field Marshal The Lord Milne GCB GCMG DSO 1929–1946
Field Marshal The Viscount Alanbrooke KG GCB OM GCVO DSO 1946–1956
General Sir Cameron Nicholson GCB KBE DSO MC 1956–1960
General Sir Robert Mansergh GCB KBE MC 1960–1970
Field Marshal Sir Geoffrey Baker GCB CMG CBE MC 1970–1976
General Sir Harry Tuzo GCB OBE MC 1977–1983
General Sir Thomas Morony KCB OBE 1983–1988
General Sir Martin Farndale KCB 1988–1996
Field Marshal The Lord Vincent GBE KCB DSO 1996–2000
General Sir Alexander Harley KBE CB 2001–2008
General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman GBE KCB ADC Gen 2008–2017[1]
Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB 2017- [2]


  1. ^ "No. 58771". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 July 2008. p. 11003.
  2. ^ "No. 61916". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 May 2017. p. 9030.