Army now investigating ‘career-ending’ bullying against Falklands hero’s son after he was caught cheating on his 23-year-old wife during lockdown
- Major General Rupert Jones, 51, is facing army command on two charges of misconduct
- The father of three is accused of bullying a fellow officer
- Comes after the Daily Mail revealed that Jones was under investigation for allegedly breaking lockdown rules by having an affair with a married woman
An army commander who was caught cheating during lockdown is also being investigated for bullying, it turned out yesterday.
Major General Rupert Jones, 51, formerly the top British soldier in Iraq, will face the military council on two charges of wrongdoing.
The father of three, whose father Herbert ‘H’ Jones was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross for his heroism in the Falklands conflict, has been accused of bullying.
The accusation involves bullying a fellow officer, although the Department of Defense declined to release details.
Major General Rupert Jones, 51, formerly Britain’s top soldier in Iraq, will face army council on two charges of misconduct
An army source told The Sun: ‘Jones was a real high flyer, but this may be an end to his career. There are not many places a two star (general) can go and the competition for promotion is fierce. ‘
An army spokesman said yesterday, “We are investigating the facts of this case and while we are doing that, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The new probe comes after the Daily Mail revealed that Major General Jones is under investigation for allegedly breaking the rules of social detachment over an affair with a married woman.
Last month, it was revealed that he had left his wife Lucinda, 47, and moved out of their £ 1.5 million home in West Country. The couple have three children between the ages of 16 and 20.
His lover would work outside the military and had left her husband to continue the relationship.
A source said: ‘His marriage has now ended because he met someone else and he had an affair.
This isn’t an affair – this is the person he wants to spend the rest of his life with. He has fallen in love with someone else. ‘
Household: with wife Lucinda and his mother Sara after the birth of son Henry
The military is still investigating whether Major General Jones violated lockdown rules after he became the last high-profile figure accused of ignoring the measures.
Government adviser Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, who helped devise the lockdown, quit his role after inviting married lover Antonia Staats, 38, to a rendezvous at his home in May.
MP Rosie Duffield, 49, retired as a Labor whip after her married lover, TV director James Routh, visited her home in Kent.
And Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, faced a storm of criticism after it emerged that he had driven 260 miles from London to Durham during the lockdown.
Maj Gen Jones has an extraordinary military pedigree.
He was 13 when his father was killed storming an Argentinian machine gun nest near Goose Green, following him into the Devonshire & Dorset Regiment.
Major General Rupert Jones is depicted (left) as a boy with his father Colonel ‘H’ Jones, mother Sara and older brother David
He became one of the youngest commanding officers in the army when he took command of the 4th battalion, The Rifles, at the age of 38.
He has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland and has been awarded an MBE for his role in preparing Ministry of Defense plans to deal with potential national crises.
Major General Jones was Britain’s top general in Iraq in 2016 and 2017 as part of the US-led campaign against Islamic State.