CBE for former Keswick student

Date: Friday 21st January 2011

A FORMER pupil of Keswick School, who has gone on to have a distinguished military career, was made a CBE in the New Year Honours List.

Brigadier Mike Griffiths was educated at Keswick School, where he was a keen rugby player. He entered the Royal Military College Sandhurst in September, 1976, and was commissioned into the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment in 1979.

He has served in the UK, Cyprus and the USA, and on operations in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

During his early regimental service he was an intelligence officer and adjutant and commanded a company at the King’s Division Depot, as well as completing an in-service degree at Southampton in politics and international studies.

He attended the Army Staff College in 1992 and from there was posted to headquarters British Forces Cyprus as the grade two staff officer land operations.

In 1994 he took over his rifle company in Londonderry and spent almost three years in command, in Northern Ireland and then in the armoured infantry role in Catterick. His next tour was as chief instructor Old College and as company command at RMA Sandhurst.

On promotion to lieutenant colonel, in 1998, he became British liason officer force development, working in the Pentagon, and after 18 months returned to the UK to take over command of 1 KORBR.

During command he took the battalion to Bosnia as the UK Armoured Battle Group, moved them to Episkopi, in Cyprus, and spent 15 months almost on permanent standby during rioting in the Sovereign Base Areas.

He was fortunate to be in command when the battalion received new colours. He left on promotion in 2002 to become deputy chief of staff 4th Division, deployed to Afghanistan as commander British forces and moved to colonel MS(A) in 2004. From May, 2004, he was colonel of the regiment and when the regiment amalgamated he assumed the role of deputy colonel with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

In December, 2006, he assumed command of 42 (North West) Brigade and there followed his current appointment as director personnel services (Army), at Upavon, and now Andover.

On 1st August, 2009, Brigadier Griffiths was appointed colonel of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, following the death of its first colonel, Major General Hamish Rollo CBE.

His wife Sue is a practising community midwife and they have three grown-up children. They love the outdoors, with fell walking having just replaced climbing and mountain marathons, and have a family of recreational skiers who all love travelling.