Frederick Parham

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Sir Frederick Parham
Born 1901
Died 1991
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1913 - 1959
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Shikari
HMS Gurkha
HMS Belfast
HMS Vanguard
Nore Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Admiral Sir Frederick Robertson Parham GBE KCB DSO (1901–1991) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at the Royal Naval Colleges at Osborne and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth,[1] Parham joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1913.[2] He served in World War I as a midshipman on HMS Malaya.[2] In 1937 he was given command of HMS Shikari.[2]

He served in World War II as Captain of the destroyer HMS Gurkha, which was sunk by enemy action in 1940.[3] From 1942 he had command of the cruiser HMS Belfast which remains permanently moored as a museum ship in London.[2]

After the War he commanded the battleship HMS Vanguard and then, from 1949, became Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel.[2] He was made Flag Officer (Flotillas) and Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1951 and Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport in 1954.[2] Finally he was made Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1955.[2] He retired in 1959.[2]

In retirement he chaired a Parliamentary Committee on Inland Waterways.[4]


In 1926 he married Kathleen Dobrée; they had one son.[1] Following the death of his first wife. he married Joan Saunders (née Charig) in 1978.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Papers of Sir Frederick Parham
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ Vian, Sir Philip (1960). Action This Day. London: Frederick Muller. p. 37. 
  4. ^ Inland Waterways Hansard, 4 December 1959
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Sydney Raw
Fourth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Dymock Watson
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Oliver
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Robin Durnford-Slater