Married father-of-two Army major’s ‘affair’ is exposed by rival regiment3 min read


Married father-of-two Army major’s ‘affair’ is exposed by a rival regiment in ‘spray-painted graffiti’ down a 50ft stretch of road 

  • Major Alan Ponde is second-in-command of the King’s Royal Hussars (KRH)
  • The spray paint was left along a stretch of road near Bovington Camp in Dorset
  • Army chiefs alerted council but the graffiti was widely shared on social media

An Army major’s alleged affair has been exposed after rivals from another regiment apparently spray-painted details on a road near a military base.

Claims that married father-of-two Major Alan Ponde, who is second-in-command of the King’s Royal Hussars (KRH), had a relationship with a civilian woman appeared in white capital letters along a 50ft stretch near Bovington Camp in Dorset last weekend.

Army chiefs alerted the local council but the graffiti was photographed and widely shared on social media before workers could scrub it off the tarmac.

Police are now hunting the author with suspicion falling on the rival Royal Tank Regiment because the message was signed ‘Luv RTR’. 

The graffiti also refers to Major Ponde’s phone being left in an Officers’ Mess shared by the two regiments.

The daubs about the alleged affair, which could break strict military conduct rules, read: ‘Karma is a bitch, Ponde. 

Major Alan Ponde KRH 2IC [second-in-command] is having an affair … TY [Thank You] for leaving your phone in the Mess. I have all the texts and the video you made unknon [sic] to [the woman at the centre of the claims].’ 

The 44-year-old officer has been married for 16 years and has two teenage children. In 2015, he accompanied KRH troops on parade with Princess Anne, the regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief.

He could face disciplinary action over any affair because the Service Test, against which conduct is measured, states any behaviour that ‘undermines morale, good order, discipline, trust or unit cohesion’ can be subject to sanction. 

Defence sources confirmed that an extra-marital relationship would constitute a ‘lack of integrity’ because, as second-in-command of the KRH, he is expected to set an example to the regiment’s 350 troops. 

Dorset police said they were investigating an incident of criminal damage but have so far made no arrests.

Last night, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ‘We are aware of some graffiti outside Bovington Camp. It would be inappropriate to comment further.’ 

Tracing its history back to 1715, the KRH is an armoured regiment with an illustrious battlefield record.

Troops use Challenger 2 tanks and Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles and the regiment served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Royal Tank Regiment was formed during the First World War and is the oldest tank unit in the world.

The rivalry between the two regiments stems from both using Challenger 2 tanks and routinely competing against each other in military exercises.