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The British Major General is court-martialed for the first time in over 200 years

Major General of the British Army is court-martialed for the first time in over 200 years after being charged with illegally claiming up to £ 50,000 in grants to send his child to private school

  • Nick Welch, 57, has been charged with fraud at the Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire
  • Army regulations allow claims up to £ 23,480 towards private school fees
  • Welch would have claimed more than double that amount to cover the costs

A Major General of the British Army will be court-martialed for the first time in over 200 years.

Nick Welch, 57, has been accused of wrongfully claiming around £ 50,000 in grants to send one of his children to a private school.

He appeared before the Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire on Friday, where he was charged with fraud.

Army rules allow claims of up to £ 23,480 per year for private school fees, but Welch is accused of claiming more than double.

Nick Welch appeared before the Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire on Friday, where he was charged with fraud

Nick Welch appeared before the Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire on Friday, where he was charged with fraud

He would have used the money to send his child to a school within 10 miles of his £ 800,000 Shillingstone Dorset home – complete with a swimming pool – The sun reported.

His lawyer Sarah Jones QC said she plans to try to drop the case before Welch is on trial next year.

The father of three joined the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1984 and has served in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Belize.

Welch (pictured above with then Prime Minister David Cameron) reportedly used the money to send his child to a school within 10 miles of his £ 800,000 Shillingstone Dorset home

Welch (pictured above with then Prime Minister David Cameron) reportedly used the money to send his child to a school within 10 miles of his £ 800,000 Shillingstone Dorset home

Welch (pictured above with then Prime Minister David Cameron) reportedly used the money to send his child to a school within 10 miles of his £ 800,000 Shillingstone Dorset home

After stepping down in 2018, Major Welch now works as Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth Arts University

After stepping down in 2018, Major Welch now works as Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth Arts University

After stepping down in 2018, Major Welch now works as Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth Arts University

He received an OBE in 2006 and was previously the highest ranking officer in the Ministry of Defense for his role as Deputy Chief of the General Staff.

After stepping down in 2018, Major Welch now works as Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth Arts University.

He is the highest-ranking officer court-martialed since 1815.

That year, Sir John Murray, who commanded a 16,000-strong army in Spain during the fighting with Napoleon, was convicted of leaving his siege guns behind.

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