Guy Grantham

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Sir Guy Grantham
Born 9 January 1900
Died 8 September 1992(1992-09-08) (aged 92)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Phoebe
HMS Naiad
HMS Cleopatra
HMS Indomitable
Mediterranean Fleet
Portsmouth Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Admiral Sir Guy Grantham GCB CBE DSO (9 January 1900 – 8 September 1992) was a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Rugby School,[1] Grantham joined the Royal Navy in 1918.[2]

He served in World War II initially as Commander of the cruiser HMS Phoebe and was involved in the evacuation from Greece for which he was awarded the DSO.[1] After a period as a liaison officer in the Western Desert, he became Commander of the cruiser HMS Naiad which was sunk by a torpedo in March 1942.[1] He then became Commander of the cruiser HMS Cleopatra in which he was involved in the defeat of the Italian Fleet at the second Battle of Birte.[1] His last war-time command was of the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable which was involved in the landings in Sicily.[1] He went on to be Director of Plans at the Admiralty.[1]

After the War he became Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet in 1946.[2] He was appointed Flag Officer, Submarines in 1948, Flag Officer, Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1950 and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1951.[2] He became Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean in 1954 and then Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth and Allied Commander-in-Chief, Channel and southern North Sea in 1957.[2] He retired in 1959.[2]

He was also First and Principal Naval Aide-de-camp to the Queen from 1958 to 1959.[2]

In retirement he became Governor and Commander-in-Chief Malta.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1934 he married Beryl Mackintosh-Walker; they went on to have two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Obituary: Sir Guy Gratham The Independent, 17 September 1992
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George Creasy
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
1951–1954
Succeeded by
Sir William Davis
Preceded by
Lord Mountbatten
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Sir Ralph Edwards
Preceded by
Sir George Creasy
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
1957–1959
Succeeded by
Sir Manley Power
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Guy Russell
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
1958–1959
Succeeded by
Sir William Davis
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Laycock
Governor of Malta
1959–1962
Succeeded by
Sir Maurice Dorman