John Treacher

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Sir John Treacher
John Treacher (1977).jpg
John Treacher (1977)
Born (1924-09-23)23 September 1924
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1941 - 1977
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Eagle
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir John Devereux Treacher KCB (born 23 September 1924) is a former British naval officer who was Commander-in-Chief Fleet.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at St Paul's School, Treacher was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1941.[1] He served in World War II and escaped the sinking of his ship.[2] He trained as a naval aviator and flew Supermarine Seafire with 800 Naval Air Squadron in the Korean War.[3] He was promoted to Captain in 1962 and went on to command HMS Eagle.[2]

He was appointed Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1973 and Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1975.[1] He retired in 1977.[1]

In retirement he became Chief Executive of National Car Parks.[1] He was also Deputy Chairman of Westland Group and a Director of Meggitt.[1]


In 1950 he married Patcie McGrath; they had one son and one daughter.[1] After his first marriage was dissolved, he married Kirsteen Forbes; they also had one son and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ a b Pen & Sword Review
  3. ^ Thomas, Chapter 1
  • Thomas, Graham The Story of the Men of the Fleet Air Arm, RAF & Commonwealth Who Defended South Korea 1950-1953, Grubb Street, 2004, ISBN 1-904010-04-0
  • Treacher, John Life at Full Throttle: The Memoirs of Admiral Sir John Treacher, Leo Cooper, 2004, ISBN 978-1-84415-134-9
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Terence Lewin
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Raymond Lygo
Preceded by
Sir Terence Lewin
Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Leach