Geoffrey Barnard

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Sir Geoffrey Barnard
Born 12 November 1902
Died 19 December 1974
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Daring
HMS Aurora
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Bar

Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Barnard KCB DSO & Bar (12 November 1902 – 19 December 1974) was a Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff.

Naval career[edit]

Barnard joined the Royal Navy in 1916 during World War I and subsequently specialised in Gunnery.[1] He was given command of the destroyer HMS Daring in 1935.[1]

He served in World War II as Fleet Gunnery Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet earning the DSO at the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941[2] and seeing action at the landings in North Africa in 1942.[1] He took command of the cruiser HMS Aurora in 1944[1] and earned a bar to his DSO during Operation Dragoon in 1945.[2]

After the War he became Chief Staff Officer to the Flag Officer (Air) in 1946 and Director of the Royal Navy Tactical School in 1948.[1] He was attached to the Indian Navy and commanded the Indian Navy Squadron from 1950 before being appointed Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Warfare) in 1952.[1] He became Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff and a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1953 and Naval Attaché at the Joint Services Mission in Washington D. C. in 1954.[1] His last role was as President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1956 before retiring in 1959.[1]


In 1926 he married Julyan Frances Crawley; they had one son and two daughters.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Evans-Lombe
Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Eric Clifford
Preceded by
Sir William Andrewes
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Earl Cairns