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Richard Applegate
Nickname Dick
Born (1955-03-20)March 20, 1955 (age 58)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1973 - 2010
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 19th Regiment Royal Artillery
Commander Royal Artillery for 3rd Division
Battles/wars Bosnian War
Kosovo War
Northern Ireland
Awards CB
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Legion of Merit (Officer Degree)
Legionnaire de 1ère classe
Other work Colonel Commandant Royal Artillery, Chairman of fund raising for the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Director Eagle Strategic Consulting Ltd.

Lieutenant General Richard Arthur David Applegate CB OBE (born 20 March 1955) is a former Quartermaster-General and Master-General of the Ordnance to the Army. He left the British Army in October 2010 and is now a Director of Eagle Strategic Consulting Ltd.

Applegate was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1974.[1]

Between 1992 and 1994 he was Military Assistant and Speechwriter to three different Supreme Allied Commanders Europe[2] and then became Commanding Officer 19th Regiment Royal Artillery - The Highland Gunners.[2] After a staff appointment where he was responsible for conceptual development of the British Army,[2] he moved on to be Commander Royal Artillery for 3rd Division[2] followed by an appointment as Director of Equipment Capability.[2]

In 1995 he was deployed at short notice with his artillery regiment to Bosnia, initially under command UNPROFOR,[3] then as commander of the UK/FR/NL artillery group within the ad hoc UNPROFOR Rapid Reaction Force[3] and finally, after the Dayton Agreement, he was assigned to the Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.[2] His artillery group based in Sarajevo and on Mount Igman provided surveillance, targeting and indirect fire in support of UNPROFOR and NATO's Operation Deliberate Force.[3] In 1999 he was Deputy Commander of the British Forces entering Kosovo.[2] In 2004 he was appointed Capability Manager for Battlefield Manoeuvre and in June 2006 he became Master-General of the Ordnance.[4]

In February 2007 he became Chief of Materiel (Land) and a Main Board member of the new Defence Equipment and Support organisation, with specific responsibility for Defence's supply chain and support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.[5] He also became Quartermaster-General.[6] He moved on from this post in September 2009 to become a Defence Career Partner on attachment to a number of international companies in preparation to compete for the post of Chief of Defence Materiel for the UK MoD.[7]

He is also a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery and Honorary Colonel of 19th Regiment, Royal Artillery.[8]

Applegate was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2010 Birthday Honours[9] and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1996 Operational Honours List.[10] He was awarded the US Legion of Merit (Officer Degree) in 2007[11] and was made a Legionnaire de 1ère classe in 1996 for combat command of French Foreign Legion troops in Bosnia.[12] He is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute,[13] Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute[14] and an alumnus of the British Joint Higher Command and Staff Course.


  1. "No. 46270". 4 April 1974. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 UK Defence Conference
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Op Deliberate Force' by Tim Ripley, CDISS August 1999, ISBN 0-9536650-0-3
  4. "No. 58028". 27 June 2006. 
  5. "No. 58252". 20 February 2007.  and DE&S Yearbook 2010
  6. "No. 58258". 1 February 2007. 
  7. "No. 59191". 22 September 2009. 
  8. "No. 57945". 4 April 2006. 
  9. "No. 59446". 12 June 2010. 
  10. "No. 54393". 9 May 1996. 
  11. Citation dated 21st February 2007, signed by the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Army
  12. Order of General de Division Piquemal dated 20 Avril 1996
  13. CMI letter of award 14 May 2010
  14. City &Guilds letter 11 March 2011
Military offices
Preceded by
Andrew Figgures
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Chris Wilson
Preceded by
Timothy Tyler
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Gary Coward

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