Ed Davis (Royal Marines officer)

Lieutenant General Edward Grant Martin Davis, CB, CBE (born 13 February 1963) is a British senior Royal Marines officer. He was Commandant General Royal Marines from December 2011 to June 2014. He was the Deputy Commander of NATO's Allied Land Command at Izmir, Turkey. He became Governor of Gibraltar in January 2016.[1]

Edward Davis

Ed Davis in August 2012
Governor of Gibraltar
Assumed office
19 January 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
Chief MinisterFabian Picardo
Preceded byAlison MacMillan (acting)
Personal details
Edward Grant Martin Davis

(1963-02-13) 13 February 1963
Hereford, England
Spouse(s)Lorraine Davis
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceRoyal Marines
Years of service1981–present
RankLieutenant General
CommandsCommandant General Royal Marines (2011–14)
3 Commando Brigade (2010–11)
Battles/warsBosnian War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Knight of the Order of St John
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Viceregal styles of
Ed Davis
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Early life

Davis was born in Hereford, Herefordshire. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and King's College London (MA Defence Studies, 1998).[2]

Military career

Davis was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1981 and joined 40 Commando with whom he undertook a six-month tour in the Falkland Islands and then a six-month tour in Cyprus.[3] In 1996, he attended the Army Command and Staff Course at Staff College, Camberley.[2] In the same year, he became Chief of Staff at the Headquarters of the Combat Service Support Group (UK) in which role he took part in the Bosnian War.[3] He was appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander of the UK’s Amphibious Forces in 2007 and was deployed to Afghanistan as Chief of Joint Effects for ISAF.[3] He was appointed Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in January 2010 and again deployed to Afghanistan – this time as the Commander of Task Force Helmand.[4] He became Commandant General Royal Marines in December 2011.[5]

He was promoted to major general on 10 January 2012, with seniority from 28 November 2011.[6] Davis succeeded Lieutenant General Gordon Messenger as Deputy Commander of NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM)-Izmir in July 2014.[7][8]

Civilian career

On 1 October 2015, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that Davis was the designated Governor of Gibraltar after the resignation of Sir James Dutton.[9]

Honours and awards


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  2. "Commandant General Royal Marines". Royal Navy. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  3. "Brigade Commander". nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1 April 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  4. "Petraeus visits Royal Marines in Helmand". Defence News. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  5. City brigadier will lead Royal Marines Archived 9 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine This is Plymouth, 5 November 2011.
  6. "No. 60025". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 January 2012. p. 285.
  7. "Ups and Outs: May 2014". Defence News. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  8. "Commandant General Royal Marines Supersession". Royal Navy. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  9. "Change of Governor of Gibraltar". Gov.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  10. "No. 54427". The London Gazette. 14 June 1996. p. 5.
  11. "No. 57855". The London Gazette. 31 December 2005. p. 4.
  12. "No. 60095". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 March 2012. p. 5847.
  13. "Operational Honours and Awards List". Ministry of Defence. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  14. "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b3.
  15. "No. 61667". The London Gazette. 5 August 2016. p. 16991.
Military offices
Preceded by
Buster Howes
Commandant General Royal Marines
Succeeded by
Martin Smith
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir James Dutton
Governor of Gibraltar
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