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Major-General Nicholas Robert Macrae Borton DSO MBE is a British Army officer. He was General Officer Commanding the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division.

Nick Borton
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1988–present
Commands heldRoyal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
16 Air Assault Brigade
Battles/warsIraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsDistinguished Service Order
Member of the Order of the British Empire

Military careerEdit

Educated at Canford School and the University of Stirling,[1] Borton was commissioned into the Royal Highland Fusiliers on 4 September 1988.[2] After serving as a staff officer in the headquarters of Multi-National Division (South-East) (Iraq),[1] he became commanding officer of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2008 and went on to be commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade in April 2013,[3] Director of Overseas Operations at the Ministry of Defence in September 2015,[4] and General Officer Commanding the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in December 2016.[5] Borton became Chief of Staff (Operations), Permanent Joint Headquarters in February 2019.[6]

He was awarded the DSO for service in Afghanistan on 6 March 2009.[7]


  • Borton, N. R. M. (19 October 2007) [2002]. "The 14th Army in Burma: A Case Study in Delivering Fighting Power". Defence Studies. 2 (3): 27–52. doi:10.1080/14702430208405039.


  1. ^ a b "Lieutenant Colonel NRM Borton MBE" (PDF). Royal Highland Fusiliers. 2008. p. 3. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 51495". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 1988. p. 11380.
  3. ^ "Rebel dropped in to lead the paras". Daily Express. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Senior Tri-service and Ministry of Defence appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 61786". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 December 2016. p. 26344.
  6. ^ "Generals April 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  7. ^ "No. 58999". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 March 2009. p. 4082.
Military offices
Preceded by
Patrick Sanders
General Officer Commanding the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division
Succeeded by
James Swift