Eric Clifford

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Sir Eric Clifford
Born 1900
Died 1964
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Mackay
HMS Salisbury
HMS Diadem
HMS Illustrious
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Korean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Vice Admiral Sir Eric George Anderson Clifford KCB CBE (1900–1964) was a Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff.

Naval career[edit]

Clifford served in World War I in the battleships HMS Iron Duke and HMS Colossus and then specialised in navigation.[1] He was appointed Fleet Navigating Officer, for the China Station in 1938.[1] He served in World War II as Commanding Officer of the destroyers HMS Mackay and HMS Salisbury[2] and then as Naval Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet from 1941 to 1943.[1] In the closing stages of the War he commanded the cruiser HMS Diadem.[3]

After the War he became Chief of Staff in Hong Kong and then was given command of the Navigation School in 1947.[1] He went on to command the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in 1949 before becoming Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in 1951 and Flag Officer commanding the 5th Cruiser Squadron and Flag Officer Second in Command for the Far East Station in 1952[1] in which role he saw action during the Korean War.[4] He was made Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff and a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1954; he retired in 1957.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Barnard
Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Manley Power
(Post merged with that of Fifth Sea Lord)