John Armstrong (bishop of Bermuda)

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John Armstrong
Bishop of Bermuda
In office 1963–1970
Other posts Chaplain of the Fleet, Royal Navy (1960–1963)
Ordination 1932 (deacon)
1933 (priest)
Consecration 25 March 1963
by Michael Ramsey
Personal details
Born (1905-10-04)4 October 1905
Died 30 December 1992(1992-12-30) (aged 87)
Education Durham School
Alma mater Australian College of Theology

John Armstrong CB OBE (4 October 1905 – 30 December 1992) was an Anglican bishop. He was the fourth Bishop of Bermuda.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was educated at Durham School, then an all-boys Independent school in Durham, County Durham, England.[2] He trained for ordination at St Francis College, a theological college in Nundah, Queensland, and completed a Licentiate in Theology (ThL) at the Australian College of Theology.[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Armstrong was ordained as a deacon in 1932 and as a priest in 1933.[3] He was a military chaplain in the Royal Navy for 28 years.[4] He eventually rose to be Chaplain of the Fleet, serving from 1960 to 1963.[5] He retied from the Royal Navy on 15 March 1963.[6]

In 1963, Armstrong was appointed to the episcopate;[7] he was the first Chaplain of the Fleet to proceed directly to the episcopate after leaving office.[4] On 25 March 1963, he was consecrated a bishop by Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, during a service at Westminster Abbey.[4]


  1. ^ Memories of Armstrong
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ a b "John Armstrong". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 7 January 2016.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Of Bermuda's Consecration". The Times (55646). 11 March 1963. p. 6. 
  5. ^ The Times, Monday, Feb 15, 1960; pg. 19; Issue 54695; col C Appointments In The Forces: Royal Navy
  6. ^ "No. 42972". The London Gazette. 19 April 1963. p. 3378. 
  7. ^ Ecclesiastical News New Bishop Of Bermuda The Times Friday, Jan 11, 1963; pg. 12; Issue 55596; col D
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Darrell Bunt
Chaplain of the Fleet
Succeeded by
Raymond Richardson
Preceded by
Anthony Williams
Bishop of Bermuda
Succeeded by
Eric Trapp