James Rivett-Carnac (Royal Navy officer)
|Born||12 February 1891|
|Died||9 October 1970 (aged 79)|
|Years of service||1910–1947|
|Commands held||HMS Rodney
New Zealand Division
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross
Born the younger son of Rev. Sir Clennel George Rivett-Carnac, 6th Baronet, Rivett-Carnac joined the Royal Navy in 1910 and served in World War I and was mentioned in despatches. He became Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division in December 1938. He also served in World War II as Director of Training and Staff Duties at the Admiralty from April 1940 and as Commanding Officer of the battleship HMS Rodney from 1941 before becoming rear-admiral in charge of the Normandy beaches during the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944. He was mentioned in despatches twice during World War II. He retired in 1947.
He married Isla Nesta Blackwood.
|Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand Division