Deric Holland-Martin

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Sir Douglas Eric Holland-Martin
Nickname(s) Deric
Born 1906
Died 1977
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1920–1966
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Tartar
HMS Holderness
HMS Nubian
HMS Faulknor
HMS Agincourt
HMS Eagle
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Cross
Spouse(s) Dame Rosamund Holland-Martin; 2 children

Admiral Sir Douglas Eric "Deric" Holland-Martin GCB DSO DSC DL (1906–1977) was a Royal Navy officer who became the Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at West Downs School,[1] Holland-Martin joined the Royal Navy in 1920.[2] He commanded successively the destroyers HMS Tartar, HMS Holderness, HMS Nubian and HMS Faulknor.[2]

He served in World War II and then became Naval attaché to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.[2] He was appointed Commander of the destroyer HMS Agincourt in 1949 and then Director of Plans at the Admiralty in 1952.[2] He took command of the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle in 1954 and then became Flag Officer, Flotillas, Mediterranean in 1955.[2]

He was made Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1957 and Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean in 1961.[2] His final post was as Commandant of the Imperial Defence College in 1964.[2] He retired in 1966.[2]

In retirement he was appointed to the honorary post of Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom for a term and also served as a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) in Hereford and Worcester.


In 1951 he married Rosamund Mary Hornby, daughter of St John Hornby. Lady Holland-Martin became better known as: Dame Rosamund Holland-Martin, DBE, DL, the Chairman of the NSPCC. The couple had two children: a son and a daughter.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Lambe
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir St John Tyrwhitt
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Bingley
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir John Hamilton
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Constantine
Commandant of the Imperial Defence College
Succeeded by
Sir John Anderson
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Peter Reid
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Nigel Henderson