Posted on February 27, 2019
General Carleton-Smith replaced General Sir Nick Carter in June last year, having previously served as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff.
Speaking to Forces News after the investiture, Gen Carleton-Smith described it as a “very special and very memorable occasion. For me personally it was an opportunity to reflect on over 30 years’ worth of service on behalf of the British Army,” he said. “I found myself thinking about the men and women that I’ve served with, particularly those that I’ve lost along the way.”
Honours, Gen Carleton-Smith believes, are particularly important for recipients’ families: “As I looked round the ballroom this morning, really the sense of pleasure and pride etched on everybody’s faces was probably the major memory that I’ll take away.”
General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith studied at Durham University and went on to graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.