- Educated at the private Rannock School in Scotland and Sandhurst
- Singled out for his service in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 80s
- Went on to serve in Bosnia, the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan
- UK's most senior commander in Iraq, serving as deputy to General David Petraeus
- Knighted in 2009
Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Iraq's capital Baghdad killing at least 50 people, according to police and hospital sources.