Edward Parry (Royal Navy officer)

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For the earlier admiral, see William Edward Parry.
Sir William Edward Parry
Born (1893-04-08)8 April 1893
Died 21 August 1972(1972-08-21) (aged 79)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1905–1951
Rank Admiral
Commands held New Zealand Division
HMS Renown
Battles/wars

First World War
Second World War

Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir William Edward Parry KCB (8 April 1893 – 21 August 1972) was an officer of the Royal Navy and the Royal Indian Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Parry joined the Royal Navy 1905 and served in the First World War.[1] He was appointed Officer in charge of the Anti-Submarine Establishment at Portland in 1936.[1] During the Second World War, he served as Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division commanding HMS Achilles at the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939.[1] He assumed command of HMS Renown in 1943.[1] He took part in the Normandy landings and served on the staff of Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Force in 1944.[1] After the war he became Deputy Head of the Naval Division at the Allied Control Commission in Germany.[1] Parry was the second Chief of Naval Staff (Commander-in-Chief) of the Royal Indian Navy in August 1948.[1] He was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1950 New Year Honours[2] before retiring in 1951.[1]

In the 1956 film The Battle of the River Plate, Parry was played by Jack Gwillim.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Horan
Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand Division
1940–1941
Succeeded by
Post discontinued

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