14 March 2012

Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO, OBE, has been appointed Honorary Colonel of Gloucestershire ACF (The Rifles). General Evelyn, who is a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards and was Mentioned in Despatches when serving in Northern Ireland in 1980. In 1991 he became Commander of 19th Infantry Brigade and in late 1996 he was appointed the Commander of the Multinational Division (South West) for the Stabilisation Force in Bosnia.

In June 1997 he was appointed Major-General commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District where he gained a strong reputation for tackling racism. In 1996 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) (1999–2006), before their amalgamation into the Yorkshire Regiment 3rd Battalion (Duke of Wellington's). Until February of this year he was Chief Executive of ABF, the Soldiers' Charity ( which raises over £7 million a year to support soldiers and their families.