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Geoffrey Robson

Vice Admiral Sir William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, KBE, CB, DSO & Bar, DSC (10 March 1902 – 25 December 1989) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station.

Sir Geoffrey Robson
Royal Navy Admirals at conference on HMS Liverpool 1952 IWM A 32077.jpg
Rear Admiral Robson, fourth from left, at a conference with First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, and other admirals aboard HMS Liverpool in 1952
Born(1902-03-10)10 March 1902
Ceylon
Died25 December 1989(1989-12-25) (aged 87)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1915–1958
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldSouth Atlantic Station (1956–58)
Scotland and Northern Ireland (1953–56)
HMS Ganges (1948–50)
HMS Superb (1945–47)
26th Destroyer Flotilla (1944)
HMS Hardy (1943)
HMS Kandahar (1939–41)
HMS Wren (1935–36)
HMS Rowena (1934)
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Distinguished Service Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (3)
Order of St. Olav (Norway)

Naval careerEdit

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth,[1] Robson joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1915 during the First World War and served as a midshipman on the battleship HMS Malaya.[2] He commanded the destroyers HMS Rowena from 1934 and HMS Wren from 1935.[1]

Robson also served during the Second World War, initially as Commander of the destroyer HMS Kandahar and then with combined operations from 1943 before commanding the 26th Destroyer Flotilla in 1944 and then Captain of Coastal Forces for The Nore in 1945.[2]

After the War he was given command of the cruiser HMS Superb and then, from 1948, of the Royal Navy Training Establishment HMS Ganges.[2] He was appointed President of the Admiralty Interview Board in 1950, Flag Officer (Flotillas) for the Home Fleet in 1951 and Flag Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland in 1953.[2] He went on to be Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station in 1956 and then retired in 1958.[2]

In retirement he served as Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Guernsey from 1958 to 1964.[2]

ReferencesEdit

Further readingEdit

  • "Vice-Admiral Sir Geoffrey Robson", The Times (London), 1 January 1990, p. 12.
Military offices
Preceded by
John Crombie
Flag Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland
1953–1956
Succeeded by
Sir John Cuthbert
Preceded by
Sir Ian Campbell
Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station
1956–1958
Succeeded by
Sir Dymock Watson
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Elmhirst
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
1958–1964
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Coleman