William Whitworth

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This article is about the admiral. For the mathematician and priest, see William Allen Whitworth.
Sir William Whitworth
The Royal Navy during the Second World War A10233.jpg
Vice-Admiral Whitworth, the Second Sea Lord, coming ashore after inspecting HMS VANESSA at the port of Liverpool
Born 29 June 1884
Died 25 October 1973 (1973-10-26) (aged 89)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1899–1946
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Stuart
HMS Rodney
HMS Warspite
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Admiral Sir William Jock Whitworth KCB DSO (29 June 1884 – 25 October 1973) was a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Naval career[edit]

Whitworth joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1899.[1] He served in World War I and then became Commanding Officer at the Physical and Recreational Training School in Portsmouth in 1926.[1] He was given command of HMS Stuart and the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1928.[1]

In 1933 he was appointed Captain of the Fleet to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and in 1936 he took command of the battleship HMS Rodney.[1] He was made Naval Secretary in 1937.[1]

He served in World War II and commanded the Battle Cruiser Squadron in 1939.[1] He became heavily involved in the Norwegian Campaign[2] and in 1940, with his flag flying in the battleship HMS Warspite, he led the Royal Navy to victory at the second Battle of Narvik off Norway.[1] In Sumer 1940 he returned to the Battle Cruiser Squadron.[2] He was made Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1941 and Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth in 1944.[1] He retired in 1946.[1]


In 1910 he married Marguerite MacLean.[2]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Guy Royle
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Stuart Bonham Carter
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Layton
Commander, Battlecruiser Squadron
Succeeded by
Sir James Somerville
Preceded by
Sir James Somerville
Commander, Battlecruiser Squadron
Succeeded by
Lancelot Holland
Preceded by
Sir Charles Little
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Algernon Willis
Preceded by
Wilbraham Ford
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
June 1944 – July 1946
Succeeded by
Last holder of post
(replaced by
Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland
Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton)