Guy Royle

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Sir Guy Charles Cecil Royle
Vice Admiral Royle WWII IWM A 20781.jpg
Vice Admiral Royle as Chief of Australian Naval Staff during the Second World War
Born (1885-08-17)17 August 1885
Esher, Surrey
Died 4 January 1954(1954-01-04) (aged 68)
Ferndown, Dorset
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1900–1946
Rank Admiral
Commands held Chief of the Australian Naval Staff (1941–45)
HMS Glorious (1933–34)
HMS Excellent (1930–32)
HMS Canterbury (1927–29)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Legion of Merit (United States)
Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)

Admiral Sir Guy Charles Cecil Royle KCB, CMG (17 August 1885 – 4 January 1954) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Fifth Sea Lord and First Naval Member of the Royal Australian Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Royle joined the Royal Navy with a commission as a midshipman in 1900.[1]

He served in the First World War as Gunnery Officer on the battleship HMS Marlborough and was at the Battle of Jutland in 1916,[2] then on the staff of Admiral Sir Charles Madden in the Grand Fleet.[2] By 1919 he had been promoted commander and in July 1919 was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George "for valuable services as Gunnery officer of H. M. S. "Marlborough", 1st Battle Squadron, and as Flag Commander to the Admiral, Second in Command, Grand Fleet."[3]

Royle was appointed Assistant to the Deputy Director of Naval Ordnance in 1923 and became Naval attaché in Tokyo in 1924.[2] He was given command of the cruiser HMS Canterbury in 1927, the shore establishment HMS Excellent in 1930 and the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious in 1933.[2] He went on to be Naval Secretary from 1934 and to 1937, when he was appointed Vice Admiral commanding the aircraft carriers, serving until 1939. In the Second World War, he returned briefly as Naval Secretary from September to November, 1939, then until 1941 was Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Air Service, when he became First Naval Member of the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board; he retired the service in 1946.[1][2]

Royle was knighted in 1941 and promoted admiral in 1942.[1]

In retirement he was appointed briefly as Secretary to the Lord Great Chamberlain and finally as Yeoman Usher (deputy) of the Black Rod,[4] a ceremonial position in the House of Lords, serving in that office from 1946 to 1953.[5] He collapsed and died while putting out a heath fire near his home at Wimborne Minster in Dorset.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Winston Churchill, ed. Martin Gilbert, The Churchill War Papers: At the Admiralty, September 1939 – May 1940 (1993), p. 354
  2. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ London Gazette, Issue 31461 (supplement), 15 July 1919, Page 9107
  4. ^ House of Lords Offices Hansard, 9 December 1953
  5. ^ Black Rod, 1361- at, accessed 23 November 2010
  6. ^ Admiral Sir Guy Royle Flight International, 15 January 1954
Military offices
Preceded by
Sidney Meyrick
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
William Whitworth
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Ramsay
Fifth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Lumley Lyster
Preceded by
Sir Ragnar Colvin
Chief of the Australian Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Louis Hamilton