By Larisa Brown, Defense and Security Editor for The Daily Mail
An army commander caught cheating during the lockdown is also under investigation for intimidation, it was learned yesterday.
Major General Rupert Jones, 51, the most senior former British soldier in Iraq, will face military counsel on two counts of misconduct.
The father of three, whose father Herbert ‘H’ Jones was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross for his heroism in the Falklands conflict, is accused of bullying.
The charge concerns the intimidation of a fellow officer, although the Defense Ministry has refused to release details.
Major General Rupert Jones, 51, the top-ranking former British soldier in Iraq, will face the Army Council on two misconduct charges
An Army source told The Sun: “Jones was a real top player, but it could end his career. There aren’t many places to go for a two star (general) and the competition for promotion is fierce.
An army spokesperson said yesterday: “We are investigating the facts of this case and as long as we are doing so, it would not be fair to comment further. “
The new investigation comes after the Daily Mail revealed that Major General Jones is under investigation for allegedly breaking social distancing rules by having an affair with a married woman.
It emerged last month that he had left his wife Lucinda, 47, and left their £ 1.5million home in the West Country. The couple have three children, aged 16 to 20.
Family: With his wife Lucinda and mother Sara after the birth of her son Henry
Her lover was reportedly working outside the military and had left her husband to continue the relationship. A source said: “His marriage is now broken because he met someone else and had an affair.
“It’s not an adventure – it’s the person he wants to spend the rest of his life with. He fell in love with someone else.
The military is still investigating whether Major General Jones broke lockdown rules after he became the latest high profile figure to be accused of flouting the measures. Government adviser Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, who helped design the lockdown, stepped down after inviting his married lover Antonia Staats, 38, to a date at his home in May.
MP Rosie Duffield, 49, resigned as Labor whip after her married lover, television director James Routh, visited her at her home in Kent.
And Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings faced a storm of criticism after it emerged he had traveled 260 miles from London to Durham during the lockdown.
Maj Gen Jones has an extraordinary military pedigree.
Major General Rupert Jones is pictured (left) as a boy with his father, Col ‘H’ Jones, mother Sara and older brother David
He was 13 when his father was killed storming an Argentinian machine gun nest in Goose Green, and followed him into the Devonshire & Dorset Regiment.
He became one of the army’s youngest commanders when he took charge of 4th Battalion, The Rifles, at the age of 38.
He has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland and received an MBE for his role in shaping the Department of Defense plans to deal with possible national crises.
Major General Jones was Britain’s senior general in Iraq in 2016 and 2017 as part of the United States’ campaign against Islamic State.