Sir Maurice Mansergh
|Birth name||Maurice James Mansergh|
|Born||14 October 1896|
Ealing, Essex, England
|Died||29 September 1966 (aged 69)|
|Years of service||1914–1954|
|Commands held||HMS Gambia|
15th Cruiser Squadron
3rd Aircraft Carrier Squadron
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Early life and education
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.
Mansergh joined the Royal Navy in 1914 at the start of World War I. 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. In 1939 he became Director of the Trade Division at the Admiralty where his main role was the protection of shipping.
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. 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.
After the War, he became Commodore commanding 15th Cruiser Squadron and then, from 1946, he became Naval Secretary. 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. His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1951. He retired in 1954.
- "Obituary: Admiral Sir Maurice Mansergh". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 3 October 1966. p. 12.
- Sir Maurice James Mansergh Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- 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.
- "The Imperial Theme": HMS Gambia
| Naval Secretary
Sir George Creasy
| Fifth Sea Lord
Sir Edmund Anstice
Sir Rhoderick McGrigor
| Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Sir Alexander Madden