List of Royal Navy rear admirals

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Rear admiral (RAdm) is a flag officer rank of the British Royal Navy. It is immediately superior to commodore and is subordinate to vice admiral. It is a two-star rank and has a NATO ranking code of OF-7.

The rank originated in the days of naval sailing squadrons and each naval squadron would be assigned an admiral as its head. He would command from the centre vessel and direct the activities of the squadron. The admiral would in turn be assisted by a vice admiral, who commanded the lead ships which would bear the brunt of a naval battle. In the rear of the naval squadron, a third admiral would command the remaining ships and, as this section of the squadron was considered to be in the least danger, the admiral in command of the rear would typically be the most junior of the squadron admirals. This has survived into the modern age, with the rank of rear admiral the most-junior of the admiralty ranks of many navies.

List of Royal Navy rear admirals

List of Rear Admirals[edit]

Promoted Name Born Died Notes
1846 Sir Francis Beaufort 1774 1857 Retired upon death
1892 James Albert Bedbrook 1845 1902 Retired 1901
1892 Francis Henry Blackburne 1835 1902 on the Retired list since 1890;
promoted Vice Admiral on retired list in 1898
1892 John Hext KCIE 1842 1924 promoted to Rear Admiral in 1897, while on retired list since 1889
13 May 1893[2] Sir Ernest Rice, KCB 1840 1927 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1899
13 May 1893[2] Uvedale Corbet Singleton, CB 1838 1910 on the Retired list since 1891
22 June 1895 Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson, 3rd Baronet, VC, GCM, OM, GCVO 1842 1921 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1901
Sir Archibald Lucius Douglas, GCB, GCVO 1842 1913 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1901
1896? Henry John Carr 1839 1914 Retired list on 6 July 1899;[3]
promoted Vice Admiral on the Retired list in 1901
20 October 1896[4] Sir Thomas Sturges Jackson, KCVO 1842 1934 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1902
20 October 1896[4] Sir Adolphus Augustus Frederick FitzGeorge, KCVO 1846 1922 on the Retired list since 1893
20 October 1896[4] Arthur Cecil Henry Paget 1839 1924 on the Retired list since 1893
23 August 1897[5] Sir Lewis Anthony Beaumont, GCB, KCMG 1847 1922 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1902
6 July 1899[3] William Frederick Stanley Mann 1846 1924 Retired list in 1901;
promoted Vice Admiral on the Retired list in 1904
26 October 1899[6] John Robert Ebenezer Pattisson 1844 1928 Promoted Vice-Admiral in 1904
3 March 1900[7] Sir Harry Tremenheere Grenfell, KCB, CMG 1845 1906 Promoted Vice Admiral on 20 February 1905
21 March 1900[8] Sir Baldwin Wake Walker 1846 1905
13 March 1901[9] Edward Henry Meggs Davis, CMG, OBE 1846 1929 Promoted Vice Admiral
13 March 1901[9] Sir Sydney Marow Eardley-Wilmot 1847 1929 on the Retired list since 1893
13 March 1901[9] Hon. Algernon Charles Littleton 1843 1912 on the Retired list since
13 March 1901[9] William Collins 1843 1917 on the Retired list since before 1886
17 March 1901[10] John Harvey Rainier 1847 1915 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1905
24 May 1901[11] Alfred Arthur Chase Parr 1849 1914 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1905
15 June 1901[12] Sir Reginald Friend Hannam Henderson, GCB 1846 1932 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1905
15 June 1901[12] George William Hill 1843 1905 on the Retired list since 1897;
promoted Vice Admiral on the Retired list in 1905
15 June 1901[12] Orford Churchill 1842 1909 on the Retired list since before promotion;
promoted Vice Admiral on the Retired list in 1905
15 June 1901[12] Harry Francis Hughes-Hallett, CVO 1844 1913 on the Retired list since 1899;
promoted Vice Admiral on the Retired list in 1905
16 June 1901[13] Count Frederick Cosmeto Metaxa 1847 1910 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1905
16 June 1901[13] John Salwey Hallifax 1846 1904 on the Retired list since 1899
23 July 1901[13] Sir Assheton Gore Curzon-Howe, GCVO, KCB, CMG 1850 1911 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1905
9 September 1901[14] Sir Edmund Samuel Poë, GCVO, KCB 1849 1921 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1906
2 November 1901[15] Arthur Charles Burgoyne Bromley 1847 1909 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1906
7 December 1901[16] Sir Charles Campbell, KCMG, CB, DSO 1847 1911 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1906
24 January 1902[17] William Marrack 1847 1926 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1906
24 January 1902[17] Charles Edward Gissing 1845 1916 on the Retired list since 1897
24 January 1902[17] Eustace Rooke 1844 1922 on the Retired list since 1899;
promoted Vice Admiral on the Retired list in 1906
25 January 1902[18] Sir Edward Chichester, 9th Baronet, CB, CMG 1849 1906
1 July 1902[19] Gerald Charles Langley 1848 1914 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1906
9 September 1902[20] Charles James Barlow, DSO 1848 1921 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1906[21]
22 September 1902[22] Henry John May, CB 1853 1904
3 October 1902[23] Sir Hedworth Meux, GCB, KCVO 1856 1929 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1907
3 October 1902[23] Charles James Norcock 1847 1933 on the Retired list since September 1902[24]
18 October 1906[25] Sir Henry Bradwardine Jackson, GCB, KCVO 1855 1929 Promoted Vice Admiral in 1911
23 November 1906[21] William Blake Fisher, CB 1853 1926
23 November 1906[21] Francis Raymond Pelly 1850 1907 on the retired list from 1905
18 September 1911 Willam Oswald Story, CBE 1859 1938 Placed on Retired List (at his request) 30 January 1912;
promoted Vice Admiral on the Retired List in 1917. Promoted Admiral (Retired List) 3 October 1919.
19 September 1955 John Paul Wellington Furse GCB, OBE, VMH 1904 1978 Retired in 1955[26]
John Gordon Tolhurst, CB 1943 Retired list 1997
Richard Oran Irwin, CB
Roger Charles Lane-Nott, CB 1945
Roger Charles Moylan-Jones 1940 Retired list 26 April 1995[27]
M. R. Thomas Retired list 30 April 1996[28]
Frederick Brian Goodson, CB, OBE 1938 Retired list 4 May 1996[28]
John Patrick Clarke, CB, LVO, MBE
Frederick Peter Scourse, CB, MBE 1944 Retired list 2 May 1997[29]
Terence William Loughran, CB
David John Wood, CB
Richard Thomas Ryder Phillips, CB
Paul Anthony Moseley Thomas, CB
Andrew Bankes Gough, CB
John Allan Trewby, CB
M. P. W. H. Paine Surgeon Rear Admiral; Retired list 4 July 1999[30]
J. A. Burch, CBE Retired list 5 July 2000[31]
John Chadwick, CB Retired list 8 November 2001[32]
Robert Patrick Stevens, CB
Brian Benjamin Perowne, CB 1947
1997? Alexander Michael Gregory, CVO, OBE 1945 retired in 2000
1998 Iain Robert Henderson, CB, CBE Retired list 31 October 2001[32]
Sir Jeremy Michael de Halpert, KCVO, CB 1947 Retired list 2002
Sir Patrick Barton Rowe, KCVO, CBE
Alastair Boyd Ross CB, CBE No 55513 The London Gazzette 12 June 1999
2000 Nigel Charles Forbes Guild, CB 1949
2001 Niall Stuart Roderick Kilgour, CB 1950 Retired list 25 September 2004[33]
Rees Graham John Ward, CB
Christopher David Stanford, CB
Philip Duncan Greenish, CBE
Peter Roland Davies, CB, CBE
James Campsie Rapp, CB
Richard John Lippiett, CB, CBE 1949
Alexander Kirkwood Backus, CB, OBE
Jonathon Reeve, CB 1949
Roger Graham Lockwood, CB
2003 Richard Frank Cheadle, CB 1950
2003 Nicholas Henry Linton Harris, CB, MBE 1952
2004 Philip Lawrence Wilcocks, CB, DSC 1953
Simon Richard James Goodall, CBE Retired list 10 December 2005[34]
R. S. Ainsley Retired list 9 October 2006[35]
David George Snelson, CB 1951 Retired list 16 October 2006[35]
30 August 2004 Christopher Hugh Trevor Clayton Retired list 29 December 2007[36]
2 September 2004[33] Nigel J. F. Raby, OBE Retired list 18 November 2006[35]
S. M. Henley, MBE Retired list 11 August 2007[37]
7 September 2004[33] Kim J. Borley, CB Retired list 17 August 2007[38]
Robert Love, CB, OBE Retired list 26 October 2011[39]
25 January 2005[40] Christopher John Parry, CBE Retired
10 November 2005[41] Neil Morisetti, CB Retired
29 August 2006[42] Sir George Michael Zambellas, GCB, DSC 1958 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2011
31 August 2006[42] Amjad Mazhar Hussain, CB 1958 Retired list 22 June 2012[43]
9 January 2007[44] Christopher A. Snow, CBE Retired list 12 November 2011[45]
7 October 2013[46] Malcolm Charles Cree, CBE
A. J. Rix, CB Retired list 8 December 2010[47]
Thomas Michael Karsten, CBE Retired list 19 September 2015[48]
Richard Derek Leaman, CB, OBE 1956 Retired list 31 Mar 2010[49]
30 April 2007[50] Ian Moncrieff, CBE
1 August 2007[37] Alan David Richards, CB 1958 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2012
5 February 2008[36] Simon B. Charlier
14 February 2008[51] Sir Philip Andrew Jones, KCB 1960 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2011
June 2008 Lionel John Jarvis, CBE Surgeon Rear Admiral; Retired list 26 June 2012[52]
2 March 2009[53] Sir Frederick Donald Gosling, KCVO 1929 Honorary Rear Admiral Royal Naval Reserve, promoted Honorary Vice Admiral RNR in 2015
19 February 2010[54] The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, ADC 1960 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2015
29 March 2010[49] Thomas A. Cunnigham
28 April 2010[55] Alan R. Rymer
30 April 2010[49] Sir David George Steel, KBE 1961 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2012
7 June 2010[56] Philip B. Mathias, CBE
1 August 2010[57] Jeffrey Maurice Sterling, Baron Sterling of Plaistow, GCVO, CBE 1934 Honorary Rear Admiral Royal Naval Reserve, promoted Honorary Vice Admiral RNR in 2015
28 November 2011[39] John Howard James Gower, CB OBE 1960
16 January 2012[58] Sir Timothy Peter Fraser, KCB Promoted vice admiral in 2017
11 September 2012[59] Simon Jonathan Woodcock, OBE 1962 Promoted vice admiral in 2015
17 September 2012[59] Timothy Miles Lowe, CBE
17 September 2012[59] Simon Paul Williams, CB, CVO Retired list 16 October 2018[60]
4 February 2013[61] Paul Martin Bennett, CB, OBE 1964 Promoted Vice Amiral in 2018
James Anthony Morse, CB
30 April 2013[62] Sir Benjamin John Key, KCB, CBE 1965 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2016
30 September 2013[63] Michael P. Wareham Retired list 4 May 2017[64]
14 October 2013[65] Simon James Ancona, CBE Retired list 20 July 2017[66]
14 October 2013[67] John Matthew Leonard Kingwell, CBE
27 May 2014[68] Graeme A. MacKay
26 August 2014[69] John Robert Hamilton Clink, CBE 1964 Retired in 2018
28 October 2014[70] Alexander J. Burton Retired list 3 February 2018[71]
4 November 2014[70] Keith Andrew Beckett, CBE Retired list 2 July 2018[72]
3 December 2014[70] Sir Antony David Radakin, KCB 1965 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2018
Henry Hardyman Parker, CB 1963
Robert Kenneth Tarrant, CB 1961
14 April 2015[73] Richard Stokes, CBE 1966
Nicholas William Hine, CB 1966 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2019
18 May 2015[74] John Stuart Weale, CB, OBE 1962 Retired list 6 May 2020[75]
29 May 2015[76] Keith Edward Blount, CB 1966 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2019
6 July 2015[77] Paul A. McAlpine CBE ADC
30 November 2015[78] Christopher Reginald Summers Gardner, CBE 1962 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2019
8 December 2015[79] Paul Austin Chivers, CBE
1 July 2016[80] Timothy Charles Hodgson, CB, MBE
27 September 2016[81] Richard Charles Thompson, CBE 1966 Promoted Vice Admiral in 2020
12 December 2016[82] Simon P. Hardern
5 January 2017[83] Paul Methven, CB
16 January 2017[84] William N. Entwisle, OBE, MVO
4 April 2017[85] Jonathan Patrick Pentreath, CB, OBE 1966 Retired list 1 August 2020[86]
24 October 2017[87] Paul Vincent Halton, OBE
13 November 2017[88] Guy A. Robinson OBE
2 January 2018[88] Matthew Peter Briers, CBE 1966
9 April 2018[89] James David Morley 1969
12 June 2018[72] William Jonathan Warrender, CBE 1968 Retired list 28 July 2020[86]
26 June 2018[90] Michael Anthony William Bath 1966 Retired list 1 May 2020[75]
3 July 2018[91] Malcolm J. Toy
28 October 2018[60] Jeremy Paul Kyd, CBE Promoted Vice Admiral in 2019
19 November 2018[60] Andrew M. Kyte
26 November 2018[92] Hugh Dominic Beard 1967
20 February 2019[93] Martin John Connell, CBE 1968
25 February 2019[94] Andrew Paul Burns, CB, OBE 1969
25 February 2019[94] Paul Marshall
26 February 2019[94] James G. Higham 1969
27 March 2019[94] James Norman Macleod, CB 1970
20 May 2019[95] Philip John Hally, CB, MBE
2 September 2019[96] Andrew Betton 1968
14 October 2019[97] Simon Philip Asquith, OBE
28 October 2019[97] Peter James Sparkes
16 December 2019[98] Michael Keith Utley, CB, OBE
8 September 2020[99] Rhett S. Hatcher
November 2020 Iain S. Lower

See also[edit]

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