Harold Kinahan

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Sir Harold Kinahan
Born4 June 1893
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died22 March 1980
Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1906-1952
Commands heldHMS Orion
HMS Anson
1st Cruiser Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Harold Richard George Kinahan KBE, CB (4 June 1893 - 22 March 1980) was a Royal Navy officer who became President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Naval career[edit]

Kinahan joined the Royal Navy as a cadet at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, in 1906.[1] He served in World War I seeing action during the Gallipoli Campaign and later specialising in gunnery.[1] He became Assistant and later Deputy Director of Navigation and Direction at the Admiralty in 1934 and then Commanding Officer of the cruiser HMS Orion in 1937.[1] He served in World War II on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet from 1940, commanded the battleship HMS Anson from 1942 and then became Director of Personal Services at the Admiralty from 1943.[1] He went on to be Flag Officer commanding the 1st Cruiser Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1946, Vice President and Senior Naval Member on the Ordnance Board in 1947 and President of the Ordnance Board in 1949.[1] His last appointment was as President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1950 before retiring in 1952.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Oliver
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Sir Aubrey Mansergh