Ralph Leatham

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Sir Ralph Leatham
Vice Admiral Leatham 1942 A 7229.jpg
Leatham on his appointment as Vice Admiral Malta
Born(1888-03-03)3 March 1888
Hemsworth, West Yorkshire
Died10 March 1954(1954-03-10) (aged 66)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1900–1946
Commands heldHMS Yarmouth
HMS Durban
HMS Ramillies
HMS Valiant
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Commander-in-Chief, Levant
Plymouth Command
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Ralph Leatham KCB (3 March 1888 – 10 March 1954) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth during World War II.

Naval career[edit]

Leatham joined the Royal Navy in 1900 as a cadet on the training ship Britannia.[1] He served on various ships during World War I.[2] After the War he went on to command HMS Yarmouth, HMS Durban, HMS Ramillies and HMS Valiant.[1] He was appointed Commander of the 1st Battle Squadron in 1938.[1]

He served in World War II as Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station from April 1939 and as Flag Officer in Command, Malta from 1941 taking part in actions against the Italian Navy.[2] He became Deputy Governor of Malta in 1943 and was briefly temporary Commander-in-Chief, Levant before becoming Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth later in 1943.[1] He retired in 1946.[1]

In retirement he became Governor of Bermuda.[1]


In 1910 he married Enid Birks; they had one son and one daughter.[3]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir James Somerville
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Arbuthnot
Preceded by
Sir Wilbraham Ford
Flag Officer, Malta
Succeeded by
Sir Stuart Bonham Carter
Preceded by
Sir Charles Forbes
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Pridham-Wippell
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Burghley
Governor of Bermuda
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Hood