Charles Mills (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Charles Mills
Born 4 October 1914 (1914-10-04)
Died 27 July 2006 (2006-07-28) (aged 91)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1932 - 1969
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HMS Brazen
HMS Concord
HMS Daring
Plymouth Command
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Suez Crisis
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Cross

Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Piercy Mills KCB CBE DSC (4 October 1914 – 27 July 2006) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Governor of Guernsey.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Mills joined the Royal Navy in 1932.[1]

He served in World War II and briefly commanded HMS Brazen in 1939.[1] He worked at Western Approaches Command in Liverpool at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic.[1] He went on to be a signals officer at Algiers before joining the planning staff for the Normandy landings.[1] He then became a signals officer based in Ceylon.[1]

He also fought in the Korean War as captain of the destroyer HMS Concord earning the DSC for his services.[1] He was then made Second-in-Command of the signals school at Portsmouth, and then from 1956, he became Chief Staff Officer to the Flag Officer Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Fleet.[1] He was appointed CBE for services during the Suez Crisis.[1] In 1959 he took command of the destroyer HMS Daring and the 2nd Destroyer Squadron and in 1963 he was made Director-General (Weapons).[1]

He was appointed Flag Officer Second-in-Command, Far East Fleet in 1966 and the final Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1967.[1] He retired in 1969 and became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.[1]

In retirement he ived at Aldeburgh in Suffolk.[2]


In 1944 he married Anne Cumberlege; they went on to have two daughters.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Fitzroy Talbot
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir John Roxburgh
(As Flag Officer, Plymouth)
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Coleman
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir John Martin