Arthur Power

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For his son, the Vice-Admiral, see Arthur Mackenzie Power.
Sir Arthur John Power
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Sir Arthur Power
Born (1889-04-12)12 April 1889
Died 28 January 1960(1960-01-28) (aged 70)
Brambridge, Hampshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1904–1953
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Commands held Gunnery School, Portsmouth HMS Excellent (3 Oct 1935 - Jul 1937)
HMS Ark Royal 17 Jan 1938 - 26 Jul 1938
15th Cruiser Squadron (1 Aug 1942 - May 1943)
Flag Officer, Malta HMS St. Angelo (7 May 1943 - Aug 1943)
1st Battle Squadron & Second-in-Command, Eastern Fleet (1 Dec 1943 - Jun 1944)
East Indies Station (22 Nov 1944 - Jul 1945)
Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Chief of Naval Personnel (Second Sea Lord) (27 Feb 1946 - 1948)
Mediterranean Station (13 May 1948 - May 1950)
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth (18 Oct 1950 – 17 Oct 1952)
Naval Commander-in-Chief, Home (designate) (1951 - 1952)
Allied Commander in Chief, Channel and Southern North Sea Command (1952)
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards GCB
GBE
CVO
MID 4 times
LM
Order of Orange-Nassau
Knight of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
Other work First and Principal Naval Aide-de-camp to King George VI (15 Jan 1951 – 24 Apr 1952) & to Queen Elizabeth (Jan - Apr 1952)
Deputy Lieutenant, Southampton (27 Apr 1953)

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur John Power GCB, GBE, CVO (12 April 1889 – 28 January 1960) was an officer of the Royal Navy, who saw service in World War I and World War II.

Naval career[edit]

Power joined the Royal Navy in 1909 and served in World War I.[1] He became Commander of HMS Excellent, the Gunnery School at Portsmouth, in 1935[2] and went on to command HMS Ark Royal in 1938.[2]

He served in World War II as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff from 1940 and as Commander of 15th Cruiser Squadron from 1942.[2] He was appointed Flag Officer in charge of Malta in 1943 and Second in Command of the Eastern Fleet later in the year.[2] In November 1944 he became Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station[2] which had been formed from the former Eastern Fleet.[3] Power was present at the final surrender of the Japanese in Singapore in September 1945.[4]

After the War he was made Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel and then Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet from 1948.[2] He was made Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1950 and Naval Commander-in-Chief, Home (designate) in 1951.[2] Finally he became Allied Commander-in-Chief, Channel and Southern North Sea Command in 1952.[2] He retired in 1953.[5]

In 1918 he married Amy Bingham; they had three sons (including Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Mackenzie Power).[5] Following the death of his first wife he married Margaret Joyce Watson in 1947.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U-boat.net: Commanders
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ Pacific Ocean Campaigns
  4. ^ The final surrender The Independent, 20 August 1995
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Houtermann, Hans. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 - P". Unit-histories. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Bruce Fraser
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
1944–1945
Succeeded by
Sir Clement Moody
Preceded by
Sir Algernon Willis
Second Sea Lord
1946–1948
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Harcourt
Preceded by
Sir Algernon Willis
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
1948–1950
Succeeded by
Sir John Edelsten
Preceded by
Sir Algernon Willis
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
1950–1952
Succeeded by
Sir John Edelsten
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Henry Moore
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
1949–1952
Succeeded by
Sir Rhoderick McGrigor