Aug 302014

Colonel Robin Evelegh

Colonel Robin Evelegh (23rd of November 1932 – 15th of May 2010) was a British Army officer who was author of Peace-Keeping in a Democratic Society-The Lessons of Northern Ireland (1978) which was based on his experiences as an infantry battalion commander in Belfast and which influenced later peacekeeping operations.

John Robin Garnet Nial Evelegh was born in Madras, India. He was educated at Rugby School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a degree in modern history.

Evelegh was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 43rd and 52nd in 1952. He served with the 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd) in Penang and during the insurgency in Brunei in 1962. He later served in Borneo during the confrontation with Indonesia. He served in Cyprus and Berlin. He was ADC to the Commander 1st (British) Corps with BAOR.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1970 and became military assistant to the Master-General of the Ordnance.
Evelegh was appointed to command and reform the 3rd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets in 1971. He commanded the battalion in an emergency tour of duty in the Upper Falls area of Belfast in 1972. He later commanded the battalion in a second tour of duty in the same area of Belfast in 1973-74 for which he was mentioned in despatches.

He undertook a defence fellowship study at Oxford in 1974 where he studied the problems of the constitutional and legal framework that the military operated in whilst peace-keeping in a Democratic Society. Evelegh was promoted to Colonel in 1976 and was appointed head of the department of the Ministry of Defence for defence related matters in the Middle East. He retired from the Army in 1977.

His influential book Peace-Keeping in a Democratic Society-The Lessons of Northern Ireland was published in 1978. He helped found and became Managing Director of Ridgeway International in 1977. Evelegh represented his former regiment from 1999 in the project to create the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.

He married Gabrielle Ritson in 1958 with whom he was to have two sons and one daughter.
Colonel Robin Evelegh died on the 15th of May in 2010.

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