Association: Norfolk

County Colonel: Brig Max Marriner CBE

Brigadier Max Marriner was commissioned into The Royal Anglian Regiment, joining the 1st Bn and commanding a platoon in Tidworth, Norway in the AMF(L) role and in Celle in the mechanised role. The next 4 years included 2 operational tours in N.Ireland and deployment to Denmark, Greece and Turkey.  He took over the Reconnaissance Platoon in 1982. The Battalion moved to Oakington early in the same year was quickly followed by a 7 month operational tour in Belize where he commanded the Force Reconnaissance Troop throughout the deployment.  The 1st Battalion moved to Londonderry as the resident battalion in 1984 and Brigadier Marriner assumed the appointment of Battalion Intelligence Officer.  In late 1985 he was Adjutant of 7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.  He remained here until 1987 when he moved to Münster, as the Operations Officer of 4th (Guards) Armoured Brigade.  He returned to 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment in a Company Commander's post in 1989.  Medically downgraded, he transferred to the Adjutant General’s Corps in 1990 and attended the Royal Military College of Science and thence Army Command and Staff Course in 1991.

On graduation he was Deputy Chief of Staff of the Combat Service Support Group (UK) until he moved to Worthy Down as a Company Commander in January 1994.  For his work with the Headquarters he was appointed MBE and, in 1995, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and moved to the Royal Military College of Science as Directing Staff.  He spent from March to September 1996 as COMARRC’s (then Lt Gen Mike Walker) Spokesman for HQ ARRC in its IFOR role in Sarajevo. In 1997 he was appointed SO1 G4 Plans HQ ARRC and moved to Rheindahlen in October the same year.  He spent much of 1998 in Greece and Macedonia as one of General Mike Jackson’s team setting up for a Corps deployment.  He moved in December 1998 to take command of the HQ ARRC Support Battalion and 12 weeks later deployed the Battalion to Macedonia and Kosovo for a 9 month tour supporting the ARRC as KFOR.  The battalion's role ensured that it was in the vanguard of Op AGRICOLA assigned forces when they crossed the border into Kosovo on 16 June 1999.  In November 2000 he moved, on promotion, to be Chief of Staff HQ UKSC(G) in Rheindahlen.  After 5 happy years working in JHQ he moved, in December 2002, to the HQ of the Adjutant General at Upavon as Colonel Personal Services 4 (Army).  In March 2004 he became the first Brigade Commander of the newly formed Rhine and European Support Group based in JHQ, Germany.  He moved to become Director Staff and Personnel Support (Army) in October 2006 in which appointment he is responsible to CinC LAND and the Adjutant General for all aspects of G1 support to our people and, inter alia, the delivery of Joint Personnel Administration to the Army – the largest change programme in Defence and a fundamental change to how we administer our personnel at every level, in every theatre.  For this work he was appointed CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.  In Spring 2009 he moved to Baghdad to command a US base and training command and, in November of the same year, assumed the appointment of Commander British Forces – Iraq and Northern Arabian Gulf.

Max Marriner and his wife Louise have 2 children; Charlotte (working as a creative writer with a large advertising agency in London) and Henry (a Lieutenant in The Royal Navy serving as a Mine Clearance Diving Officer and Operations Officer in the Fleet).  Louise is a very keen gardener and fanatical dog owner, while his interests are somewhat varied and include an abiding love of fly-fishing, deer stalking and, for variety, restoring and riding classic motorcycles.


County Colonel:  Brigadier SJM Marriner CBE

President:  Brigadier Marriner

Norfolk Assn Office:  Mrs Liz Reeve:   tel: 01606-427396

Treasurer: Lt Col A Powell MBE             


Norwich Branch

Chairman: Colonel David Hedges 


Dereham Branch

Chairman: Dave Whitehead:  tel: 07934-430145

King’s Lynn Branch

Chairman: tbc

Gorleston & Great Yarmouth Branch

Chairman: Stan King


Regimental Chapel

Chapel of the Saint Saviour, Norwich Cathedral , The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH

Chapter Office: 01603-218300


Regimental Museum

Norwich City Museum,  Castle Meadow, Castle Hill, Norwich, NR1 3JU

Curator: Mrs Kate Thaxton  tel: 01603-493650



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