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Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP

Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP served in HM British Army for 28 years. Commissioned from Sandhurst into the Cheshire Regiment in 1960 he was almost immediately sent to Northern Ireland, where he completed seven tours during the troubles; serving there at various times as a Platoon Commander, Intelligence Officer, Company Commander, and finally Commanding Officer.

He was the incident commander at the Ballykelly Bomb on 6th December 1982 where 6 of his soldiers were killed and a further 30 wounded from his rifle company.

In 1991 he took over command of 1st Battalion The 22nd Cheshire Regiment and next year took the Battalion to Bosnia as the first British United Nations Commander. On returning from the Balkans he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

He ended his Army service as Chief of Policy at Supreme Headquarters Allied powers in Europe in January 1996.

In May 2010 he became the Conservative MP for Beckenham and is a member of the Defence Select Committee. He has also been a member of the Committees on Arms Control and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Army.

“Veterans at Ease is a great idea and is much needed. Veterans at Ease fills a vital gap for the effective support of our veterans and their families and I give it my full support”.