Peter Reid (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Peter Reid
Born 10 January 1903
Died 26 September 1973 (1973-09-27) (aged 70)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1916 – 1961
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Dido
HMS Cleopatra
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Admiral Sir (John) Peter (Lorne) Reid GCB CVO (10 January 1903 – 26 September 1973) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Controller of the Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Reid joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1916.[1] He served in World War II in operations off Norway and then off Algeria before taking part in the Battle of Cape Matapan in 1941.[1] He was Chief Signal Officer to Field Marshal Lord Wavell during defence of the East Indies in 1941 and then served on the staff of Sir James Somerville, Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet, in 1942 before becoming Deputy Director of the Signals Division in 1943.[1]

After the War he commanded HMS Dido and then HMS Cleopatra.[1] He was appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1951 and Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1954.[1] His last appointment was as Controller of the Navy in 1956 before he retired in 1961.[1]

He lived in Bolton in East Lothian[2] and in retirement was a Member of the Livingston New Town Corporation.[3]


In 1933 he married Jean Dundas; they had one son and one daughter.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Edwards
Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Le Fanu
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir John Edelsten
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Bingley
Preceded by
Sir John Edelsten
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Deric Holland-Martin