John Eccles (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir John Eccles
X-craft admiral boarding (IWM FL 021832).jpg
Admiral Sir John Eccles, Commander in Chief Home Fleet, boarding X craft MINNOW which alongside another vessel at Portland
Born 1898
Died 1966
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1916–1958
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Durban
Australian Fleet
Home Fleet
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Admiral Sir John Arthur Symons Eccles GCB KCVO CBE (1898–1966) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet.

Naval career[edit]

Eccles joined the Royal Navy in 1916 during World War I.[1] He also served in World War II as Captain of HMS Durban on the China Station.[2]

He then became Commander of the Royal Navy Barracks at Chatham in 1948.[1] He was appointed Flag Officer commanding the Australian Fleet in 1949 and Admiral commanding the Reserves in 1952.[1] He went on to be Flag Officer Air (Home) in 1953 and Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet and NATO Allied Commander-in-Chief Eastern Fleet in 1955 before retiring in 1958.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Newsletter 388 The South African Military History Society, April 2008
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Denny
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir William Davis