Geoffrey Arbuthnot

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Sir Geoffrey Arbuthnot
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Sir Geoffrey Arbuthnot
Born (1885-01-18)18 January 1885
Havant, Hampshire
Died 4 October 1957(1957-10-04) (aged 72)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held

Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Schomberg Arbuthnot, KCB, DSO (18 January 1885 – 4 October 1957) was a British Vice Admiral.

Naval career[edit]

Born in Havant in Hampshire, Arbuthnot was the son of Admiral Charles Ramsay Arbuthnot and Emily Caroline Schomberg. Educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth,[1] Arbuthnot joined the Royal Navy in 1910 and fought in the First World War, where he was mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1919.[2] He was appointed Naval Member of the Ordnance Committee at Woolwich in 1927 and then given command of the cruiser HMS Suffolk in 1929.[1] He went on to be Deputy Director of Training in 1932, Director of Training and Staff Duties in 1933 and Commander of the destroyer flotillas in the Home Fleet in 1934 before being given command of HMS Valiant in 1935.[1] He was made Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George VI in 1936.[2] In 1937 he became Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport.[1] He also served in World War II and, having been Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station from 1941 to 1942,[1] Arbuthnot was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (1942) and a member of the French Légion d'honneur. He was Chairman of the Honours and Awards Committee from 1942 to 1945 when he retired.[1]


On 22 October 1913, he married Jessie Marguerite Henderson, second daughter of William Henderson of Berkeley House, Frome.[3] They three children; Mary Marguerite (1914–1999), Lieutenant Peter Charles Reginald (1915–1941) and Michael Geoffrey Henderson (1919–1967).[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Arbuthnot, Sir Geoffrey Schomberg (1885-1957), Admiral". Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen (2014). "Royal Navy Officers 1939–1945 (Appleton to Arnold)". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Arbuthnot, P. S-M. (1920). Memories of the Arbuthnots of Kincardineshire and Aberdeenshire. London: G. Allen & Unwin Ltd. p. 313. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 1 (107th ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd. p. 121. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Obituary: Sir Geoffrey Arbuthnot". The Times. London, England. 5 October 1957. p. 8. 

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Percy Noble
Fourth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir John Cunningham