John Martin (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir John Martin
Born (1918-05-10)10 May 1918
Died 31 May 2011(2011-05-31) (aged 93)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1938–1973
Rank Vice Admiral
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross

Vice Admiral Sir John Edward Ludgate Martin KCB DSC (10 May 1918 – 31 May 2011) was a former Royal Navy officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Naval career[edit]

Martin joined the Royal Navy in 1938.[1] He served in World War II taking part in the Dunkirk evacuation when his ship, Sun Tug 15, undertook four trips to Dunkirk to pick up evacuees.[2] He also served as a navigation officer in the Mediterranean 1943 taking part in the invasion of Sicily in 1943.[1] He was appointed Deputy Director of Manpower Planning at the Admiralty in 1959, Senior Naval Officer in the West Indies in 1961 and Commander of British Forces in the Caribbean Area in 1962.[1] He went on to be Captain at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1963, Flag Officer, Middle East in 1966 and Commander of British Forces in the Gulf in 1967.[1] His last appointments were as Director General of Naval Personal Services and Training in 1968 and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in 1970; he retired in 1973.[1]

In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.[1] He died on 31 May 2011.[3]


In 1942 he married Rosemary Ann Deck;[4] they had two sons and two daughters.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Obituary: Vice Admiral Sir John Martin, The Times, 8 June 2011
  3. ^ Former Guernsey governor Sir John Martin dies BBC News, 6 June 2011
  4. ^ House of Martin: Photos Archived 3 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Debrett's People of Today 1994
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Compston
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
Succeeded by
Sir Gerard Mansfield
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Mills
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Le Cheminant