Fitzroy Talbot

Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur Allison Fitzroy Talbot KBE CB DSO & Bar DL (22 October 1909 – 16 June 1998) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.

Sir Fitzroy Talbot
Born22 October 1909
Died16 June 1998 (1998-06-17) (aged 88)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1926–1967
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldHMS Whitshed
HMS Teazer
HMS Alert
3rd Destroyer Squadron
Flag Officer, Arabian Seas and Persian Gulf
South Atlantic and South America
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Battles/warsWorld War II
Suez Crisis
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Bar

Naval careerEdit

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Fitzroy Talbot joined the Royal Navy in 1926.[1] He went to sea as a midshipman in the battleship HMS Royal Oak.[1]

He served in World War II initially as commander of the 10th Anti-Submarine Striking Force in the North Sea and then as Commander of the 3rd Motor Gun Boat Flotilla in the Channel.[1] He commanded the destroyers HMS Whitshed and HMS Teazer, in the latter capacity supporting the advance through Italy.[1] Finally he was Chief of Staff to the Commodore, Western Isles.[1]

After the War he became Chief Staff Officer (Operations) for the Far East Station[2] before taking command of the frigate HMS Alert in 1949.[1] In 1950 he was appointed Naval Attaché in Moscow and then, as Commander of 3rd Destroyer Squadron, he took part in the Suez Crisis in 1956 after which he became Commodore, Royal Navy Barracks, Portsmouth in 1957.[2] His next appointment was as Flag Officer, Arabian Seas and Persian Gulf in 1960 before being made Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic and South America in 1963.[2] He was made Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1965 and retired in 1967.[2]

In retirement he became Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset in 1973.[1]


In 1940 he married Joyce Gertrude Linley; they went on to have two daughters.[3] Following the death of his first wife, he married Elizabeth Durlacher in 1983.[1]

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Obituary: Vice Admiral Sir Fitzroy Talbot The Independent, 26 June 1998
  2. ^ a b c d Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ The
  4. ^ "No. 34882". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 June 1940. p. 3917.
  5. ^ "No. 42370". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1961. p. 4145.
  6. ^ "No. 43200". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1963. p. 5.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Nicholas Copeman
Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station
Succeeded by
Sir John Gray
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Henderson
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Mills