John Bush (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir John Bush
Born (1914-11-01)1 November 1914
Died 10 May 2013(2013-05-10) (aged 98)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held 6th Frigate Squadron
Western Fleet
Battles/wars World War II
Relations Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross & two bars

Admiral Sir John Fitzroy Duyland Bush GCB DSC** (1 November 1914 – 10 May 2013) was a British Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief Western Fleet.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Clifton College, Bush was commissioned into the Royal Navy and served in World War II.[1] He became Commanding officer of the destroyer HMS Undine as well as Captain of the 6th Frigate Squadron in 1955, Flag Officer (Flotillas) in the Mediterranean Fleet in 1961[2] and then Commander of the British Naval staff in Washington D. C. in 1962.[3]

In January 1967 he led a British delegation to South Africa to renegotiate the Simonstown Agreement.[4]

He was appointed Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1965[5] and the first Commander-in-Chief Western Fleet in 1967.[6] He retired in 1970.[1]

In retirement he held the posts of Rear-Admiral and then Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom. He was one of the inaugural members of East Hampshire District Council after its creation in 1973.[7] He died on 10 May 2013.[4][7]


In 1938 he married Ruth Kennedy Horsey; they went on to have three sons and two daughters.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1962
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1963
  4. ^ a b c "BUSH - Deaths Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1966
  6. ^ September 2007 Circular Royal Naval Association
  7. ^ a b "War hero admiral dies after a career at sea and ashore" Petersfield Post, 5 June 2013
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Frewen
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Hill-Norton
Preceded by
New Post
Commander-in-Chief Western Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir William O'Brien
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Henderson
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir William O'Brien
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Henderson
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir William O'Brien