Maurice Mansergh

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Sir Maurice Mansergh
Birth nameMaurice James Mansergh
Born14 October 1896
Ealing, Essex, England
Died29 September 1966(1966-09-29) (aged 69)
London, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1914–1954
Commands heldHMS Gambia
15th Cruiser Squadron
3rd Aircraft Carrier Squadron
Plymouth Command
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Admiral Sir Maurice James Mansergh KCB CBE (14 October 1896 – 29 September 1966) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Mansergh was born in Ealing, Essex, the second son of civil engineer Ernest Lawson Mansergh and grandson of James Mansergh. He was educated at a school near Nuneaton before entering Royal Naval College, Osborne in 1909 as a naval cadet.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Mansergh joined the Royal Navy in 1914 at the start of World War I.[2] He served on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet from 1934 and then became Executive Officer on the battleship HMS Rodney from 1936.[2] In 1939 he became Director of the Trade Division at the Admiralty where his main role was the protection of shipping.[3]

He served in World War II as Deputy Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Trade) and then, from 1941, as Captain of the cruiser HMS Gambia.[2][4] He was made Deputy Chief of Staff and subsequently Chief of Staff to the Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief for the Normandy Invasion Expeditionary Force in 1943.[2]

After the War, he became Commodore commanding 15th Cruiser Squadron and then, from 1946, he became Naval Secretary.[2] He was appointed Commander of the 3rd Aircraft Carrier Squadron in 1948 and Fifth Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Air) in 1949.[2] His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1951.[2] He retired in 1954.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Admiral Sir Maurice Mansergh". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 3 October 1966. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Sir Maurice James Mansergh Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ B. B. Schofield. The Defeat of the U-Boats during World War II. Journal of Contemporary History 16 (1) The Second World War: Part 1 (Jan., 1981), 119-129. Sage Publications, Ltd.
  4. ^ "The Imperial Theme": HMS Gambia
Military offices
Preceded by
Claud Barry
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Peveril William-Powlett
Preceded by
Sir George Creasy
Fifth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Anstice
Preceded by
Sir Rhoderick McGrigor
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Madden