John Eccles (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir John Eccles
X-craft admiral boarding (IWM FL 021832).jpg
Admiral Sir John Eccles, Commander in Chief Home Fleet, boarding X craft MINNOW at Portland
Born (1898-06-20)20 June 1898
Marylebone, London
Died 1 March 1966(1966-03-01) (aged 67)
Winchester, Hampshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1916–1958
Rank Admiral
Commands held Home Fleet (1955–58)
HM Australian Fleet (1951–53)
HMS Indomitable (1943–45)
HMS Durban (1940–41)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches

Admiral Sir John Arthur Symons Eccles GCB KCVO CBE (20 June 1898 – 1 March 1966) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet from 1955 until his retirement in 1958.

Naval career[edit]

Eccles joined the Royal Navy in 1916 during the First World War.[1] He also served in the Second World War as Captain of HMS Durban on the China Station.[2]

He then became Commander of the Royal Navy Barracks at Chatham in 1948.[1] He was appointed Flag Officer commanding the Australian Fleet in 1949 and Admiral commanding the Reserves in 1952.[1] He went on to be Flag Officer Air (Home) in 1953 and Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet and NATO Allied Commander-in-Chief Eastern Fleet in 1955 before retiring in 1958.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Newsletter 388 The South African Military History Society, April 2008
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Denny
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir William Davis
Preceded by
Harold Farncomb
as Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
Succeeded by
John Eaton