Cyril Douglas-Pennant

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Sir Cyril Douglas-Pennant
Born 7 April 1894
Died 3 April 1961
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1907 - 1953
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Despatch
Nore Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Cross

Admiral The Honourable Sir Cyril Eustace Douglas-Pennant KCB CBE DSO DSC (7 April 1894 – 3 April 1961) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of Frank Douglas-Pennant, 5th Baron Penrhyn, Cyril Douglas-Pennant joined the Royal Navy in 1907.[1] He served in World War I.[1]

He also served in World War II as Captain of the cruiser HMS Despatch.[2] He went on to command the assault forces from HMS Bulolo which landed on Gold Beach during the Normandy landings in 1944.[3]

After the War he became Commandant of the Joint Services Staff College and then Flag Officer (Air) and Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1948.[1] He was appointed Senior Naval Representative for the British Joint Services Mission to Washington D. C. in 1950 and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1952.[1] He retired in 1953.[1]


In 1917 he married Phyllis Constance Leigh.[4] Following a divorce from his first wife, he married Sheila Brotherhood in 1937.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Cecil Harcourt
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Oliver