Sir John Sutton

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Air Marshal Sir John Matthias Dobson Sutton (1932- ) is a former Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Support Command and, in retirement, Lieut-Governor of Jersey.


Educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Alford, he joined the Royal Air Force in 1950. He was appointed Officer Commanding 249 Squadron in 1964 and then became Asssistant Secretary of the Chiefs of Staff Committee at the Ministry of Defence in 1966. He went on to be Officer Commanding 14 Squadron in 1970, Assistant Chief of Staff (Plans and Policy) at Headquarters Second Tactical Air Force in 1971 and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy) in 1977.

He then became Deputy Commander of RAF Germany in 1980, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) in 1982 and Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Overseas) in 1985. He became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Support Command in 1986 and retired in 1989.


In retirement he was made Lieut-Governor of Jersey. He held office at a particularly difficult time, when Deputy Bailiff Vernon Tomes was dismissed from office. Sir John had to handle all the communications between the Home Office and the States when Mr Tomes' future was being discussed. After much speculation he made the official announcement to the then editor of the Jersey Evening Post Mike Bisson (now editor of Jerripedia) that Mr Tomes' position was being considered by Home Secretary Kenneth Clarke following complaints by the then Bailiff, Sir Peter Crill about the time taken by Mr Tomes to produce written judgments for Royal Court cases.


In 1954 he married Delia Eleanor Woodward: they had one son and one daughter. Following the dissolution of his first marriage he married Angela Faith Gray in 1969: they had two sons.

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