Robert Fulton (Royal Marines officer)

Lieutenant General Sir Robert Henry Gervase Fulton, KBE (born 1948[1]) is a retired British Royal Marines officer who served as Governor of Gibraltar from 2006 until 2009.

Sir Robert Fulton

Governor of Gibraltar
In office
27 September 2006  21 October 2009
MonarchElizabeth II
Chief MinisterPeter Caruana
Preceded bySir Francis Richards
Succeeded bySir Adrian Johns
Personal details
Born1948 (age 7071)
Alma materUniversity of East Anglia
Royal College of Defence Studies
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceRoyal Marines
Years of service1972–2006
RankLieutenant General
CommandsCommandant General Royal Marines
3 Commando Brigade
42 Commando
Battles/warsBosnian War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Knight of the Order of St John
Viceregal styles of
Sir Robert Fulton
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency


Educated at Eton College and the University of East Anglia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Fulton joined the Royal Marines in 1972.[2]

After serving as a junior officer for a number of years he was appointed to the Staff College at Warminster.[2] He became a company commander in 42 Commando in 1983 and then undertook various staff appointments before joining the Directing Staff of the Army Staff College, Camberley in 1990.[2]

He was appointed commanding officer of 42 Commando in 1992, Assistant Director for CIS Operational Requirements in 1994 and a member of the Rapid Reaction Force Operations Staff in UNPROFOR in 1995.[2]

After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies and then the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1996, he became commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1997, Commandant-General Royal Marines in 1998 and equipment capability manager at the Ministry of Defence in 2001.[2] In 2003 was promoted to lieutenant general on appointment as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability).[2]

In September 2006, Fulton took over as Governor of Gibraltar. He was Britain's first governor to witness change in the Gibraltar constitution since 1967. His term ended in October 2009.[2]

In April 2007 it was announced that Fulton would lead an enquiry into the capture of 15 British military personnel by Iranian forces;[3] he reported to Parliament later that year.[4]

A Freeman of the City of London, Fulton serves as a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers and, in July 2010, became chief executive officer of the Global Leadership Foundation.[5]


Fulton was honoured as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2005 Birthday Honours.[6] Sir Robert was appointed a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of Saint John (KStJ) on 5 August 2009.[7]


From a Devon family, Fulton married Midge Free in 1975 and they have two sons.[1]

See also


  1. Gibraltar welcomes new Governor Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Biography at EDA Archived 2009-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Gibraltar Governor heads Royal Marine inquiry". 16 April 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
  4. "House of Commons – Defence – Fourth Report". Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  5. "Sir Robert Filton". Global Leadership Foundation. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. "No. 57665". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2005. p. 4.
  7. "Order of St John".
Military offices
Preceded by
David Pennefather
Commandant General Royal Marines
Succeeded by
Robert Fry
Preceded by
Jock Stirrup
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Andrew Figgures
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Richards
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Adrian Johns
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Abbott
King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
2016 – present
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