Edward Parry (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir William Edward Parry
Born (1893-04-08)8 April 1893
Died 21 August 1972(1972-08-21) (aged 79)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1905–1951
Rank Admiral
Commands held New Zealand Division
HMS Renown

First World War
Second World War

Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)

Admiral Sir William Edward Parry, KCB (8 April 1893 – 21 August 1972) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Parry joined the Royal Navy 1905 and served in the First World War.[1] He was appointed Officer in charge of the Anti-Submarine Establishment at Portland in 1936.[1] During the Second World War, he served as Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division commanding HMNZS Achilles at the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939.[1] He assumed command of HMS Renown in 1943.[1] He took part in the Normandy landings and served on the staff of Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Force in 1944.[1] After the war he became Deputy Head of the Naval Division at the Allied Control Commission in Germany.[1] Parry became Director of Naval Intelligence in July 1946 and Chief of Naval Staff (Commander-in-Chief) of the Royal Indian Navy in August 1948.[1] He was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1950 New Year Honours[2] before retiring in 1951.[1]

In the 1956 film The Battle of the River Plate, Parry was played by Jack Gwillim.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ "No. 38799". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1949. p. 39. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Horan
Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand Division
Post discontinued
Preceded by
Edmund Rushbrooke
Director of Naval Intelligence
Succeeded by
Eric Longley-Cook