John Frewen

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Sir John Frewen
Born (1911-03-28)28 March 1911
Died 1 September 1975(1975-09-01) (aged 64)[1]
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Mounts Bay
Home Fleet
Naval Home Command
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir John Byng Frewen GCB (28 March 1911 – 1 September 1975) was Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command.

Naval career[edit]

Frewen joined the Royal Navy in 1924.[2] He served in World War II in the Russian Convoys and as Squadron Navigating Officer for Aircraft Carriers in the Pacific.[2] He also served in the Korean War as Commander of HMS Mounts Bay.[3]

He was appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet in 1959 and then became Flag Officer Second in Command at the Far East Station in 1961.[2] He went on to be Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1963 and Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet in 1965.[2] He was then appointed Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1967.[2] Finally he was appointed the first Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command (following the merger of the Portsmouth and Plymouth Commands) in 1969.[2] In that capacity he welcomed Sir Alec Rose back to Portsmouth after his single-handed trip around the world.[4] Frewen was also First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen from 1968 to 1970. He retired in 1970.[2]

In retirement Frewen transferred Brickwall House School, a specialist school for boys with dyslexia, into an educational trust and renamed the school Frewen College.[5] In 1972 he was Chairman of the Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 (United 1889).[6]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Varyl Begg
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir John Bush
Preceded by
Sir Charles Madden
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Sir Frank Hopkins
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by
Post disbanded
Preceded by
New Post
Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
Succeeded by
Sir Horace Law
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Desmond Dreyer
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
Succeeded by
Sir Horace Law