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Paul Nanson
British Army Brigadier Paul A.E. Nanson 140306-D-NI589-059 (cropped).jpg
Brigadier Nanson in 2014
Place of birth Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1986 – present
Rank Major General
Commands held Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (2015–)
7th Armoured Brigade (2011–13)
1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2006–08)
Battles/wars The Troubles
Gulf War
Bosnian War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Major General Paul Anthony Edward Nanson CBE (born 1966) is a British Army officer who serves as Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Early life and educationEdit

Nanson was born on 10 May 1965 in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Crosby and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[1]

Military careerEdit

Nanson was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in January 1986.[2] He became commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq.[3] He went on to be chief of staff for 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division in Germany in 2008,[3] commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade in March 2011 and Director (Army) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in April 2014.[4] After that he became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in September 2015.[5]

Honours and decorationsEdit

Nanson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for distinguished services in Afghanistan on 26 February 2015.[6]


  1. 'NANSON, Maj. Gen. Paul Anthony Edward', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016 ; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 21 June 2017
  2. "Paul Nanson (1983 Leaver) – From CCF to the Desert Rats". Merchant Taylors School. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Fusilier Association". Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  4. "Ministry of Defence Senior Posts". Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  5. "Army Commands". Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
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Military offices
Preceded by
Stuart Skeates
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Preceded by
David J. Paterson
Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

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