Charles Mills (Royal Navy officer)

Vice Admiral Sir Charles Piercy Mills, KCB, CBE, DSC (4 October 1914 – 27 July 2006) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Governor of Guernsey.

Sir Charles Mills
Born4 October 1914 (1914-10-04)
Died27 July 2006 (2006-07-28) (aged 91)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1932–1969
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldPlymouth Command
HMS Daring
HMS Concord
HMS Brazen
Battles/warsSecond World War
Korean War
Suez Crisis
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Cross

Naval careerEdit

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Mills joined the Royal Navy in 1932.[1]

Mills served in the Second World War and briefly commanded HMS Brazen in 1939.[1] He worked at Western Approaches Command in Liverpool at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic.[1] He went on to be a signals officer at Algiers before joining the planning staff for the Normandy landings.[1] He then became a signals officer based in Ceylon.[1]

Mills also fought in the Korean War as captain of the destroyer HMS Concord, earning the Distinguished Service Cross for his services.[1] He was then made Second-in-Command of the signals school at Portsmouth, and then from 1956, he became Chief Staff Officer to the Flag Officer Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Fleet.[1] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services during the Suez Crisis.[1] In 1959 he took command of the destroyer HMS Daring and the 2nd Destroyer Squadron and in 1963 he was made Director-General (Weapons).[1]

Mills was appointed Flag Officer Second-in-Command Far East Fleet in 1966 and the final Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1967.[1] He retired in 1969 and became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.[1]

In retirement Mills lived at Aldeburgh in Suffolk.[2]


In 1944 he married Anne Cumberlege; they went on to have two daughters.[1]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Fitzroy Talbot
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir John Roxburgh
(As Flag Officer, Plymouth)
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Coleman
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir John Martin