It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former Prior of the Priory of Scotland of the Order of St John, and Chair of St John Scotland, Major General Mark Strudwick CBE KStJ.
Major General Strudwick passed away on Sunday 26 September 2021 at St John’s Hospital in Livingston, following a short illness.
Mark Strudwick was appointed Prior in 2015 following a long and distinguished career in the British Army which saw him become the General Officer Commanding the Army in Scotland. Following his retirement from the Army, he served as Chief Executive of the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust for 12 years.
During his tenure as Prior and Chair of St John Scotland, Mark led the organisation through a period of significant change, refocusing our efforts on building charitable services run by our own volunteers to benefit the communities of Scotland.
He was also passionate about St John Scotland’s international work, visiting the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and St John Malawi on several occasions during his tenure, to observe the work supported by St John Scotland in both places.
He took a keen interest in the history of the Order in general and the Priory of Scotland in particular, and was a great supporter of the Preceptory of Torphichen.
In all that he did as Prior, Mark enjoyed the fullest support of his wife Sue, whose contribution was recognised by her being made an Officer of the Order in 2020.
He served as Prior for six years, handing over the role in June this year to his successor, Eleanor, Duchess of Argyll DStJ.
Eleanor Argyll said: “Although I knew Mark a little beforehand, I had the pleasure of spending more time with him and getting to know him better when I was appointed his successor as Prior and Chair of St John Scotland earlier this year. In that short time I was inspired by his passion for St John Scotland, and our work both at home and abroad.
“Mark was someone who brought real energy and enthusiasm to the role of Prior, and steered the organisation through great changes to set us on the path we are on today. He will be remembered very fondly by the many members and volunteers with whom he made close connections and friendships over the years. The thoughts of the whole St John Scotland family, and the wider Order, are with his wife Sue and their family at this very difficult time.”