John Edelsten

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Sir John Edelsten
John Edelsten (1953).jpg
John Edelsten (1953)
Born 12 May 1891[1]
Died 10 February 1966[1]
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held 1st Battle Squadron
4th Cruiser Squadron
Mediterranean Fleet
Portsmouth Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Admiral Sir John Hereward Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE (1891–1966) was a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.

Naval career[edit]

Edelsten joined the Royal Navy in 1908.[2] He served in World War I and then became Deputy Director of Plans in 1938.[2]

He also served in World War II initially as Senior Naval Officer during operations against Italian Somaliland before becoming Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station in 1941.[2] He was made Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (U-boat Warfare and Trade) in 1942 and Rear Admiral (Destroyers) for the British Pacific Fleet in 1945.[2]

After the War he commanded 1st Battle Squadron and then 4th Cruiser Squadron before becoming Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1947.[2] He was made Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet in 1950; this post was dual hatted from 1952 as NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean.

In this capacity he conducted a two-day visit to Israel. His last post was as Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth and NATO Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief, Channel Command in 1952; he retired in 1954.[2]

He was also First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen from 1953 to 1954.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Papers of Vice-Admiral Sir John Edelsten". Janus. Cambridge University. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives,; accessed 8 April 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 39853". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 May 1953. p. 2704. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Rhoderick McGrigor
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir George Creasy
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Power
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Lord Mountbatten
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Power
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by
Sir George Creasy
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Rhoderick McGrigor
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
Succeeded by
Sir Guy Russell
Preceded by
Sir Percy Noble
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Reid
Preceded by
Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Reid