Richard Onslow (Royal Navy officer)
Sir Richard Onslow
|Died||16 December 1975|
|Years of service||1918–1962|
|Commands held||HMS Ashanti|
4th Destroyer Flotilla
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
Distinguished Service Order & Three Bars
Onslow was born in 1904 at Garmston (near Ironbridge), Shropshire, second child and eldest son of George Arthur Onslow, farmer, and his wife Charlotte Riou, daughter of clergyman the Reverend Riou George Benson.
At the start of World War II he was on the Plans Division of the Naval Staff, with a combat interlude in 1940 on an unsuccessful attempt to evacuate the Belgian government and gold reserves from Bordeaux during the Fall of France, nearly becoming prisoner of the Germans. He next became Captain of the destroyer HMS Ashanti in 1941 in the role of defending Russian convoys, as well as the convoys to Malta. His services on the former convoys earned him the initial award of his Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Soviet Order of the Red Banner. He took over the anti-submarine training establishment HMS Osprey in 1943 and went on to be Captain of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla in 1944 in which capacity he earned the third of his three bars to his DSO in the attack on a Japanese base at Sabang, Sumatra.
After the War he became Senior Naval Officer in Northern Ireland and then, from 1948, Director of the Tactical Division at the Admiralty. After taking command of the training ship HMS Devonshire in 1951 he became Naval Secretary in 1952. He was made Flag Officer (Flotillas) for the Home Fleet in 1955 and Flag Officer commanding the Reserve Fleet in 1956. His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1958. He retired in 1962.
- Dictionary of National Biography, 1971-1980. Oxford University Press. 1986. p. 643.
- Dictionary of National Biography, 1971-1980. pp. 643–644.
- Obituary: Admiral Sir Richard Onslow The Times, December 1975
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "No. 36771". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 October 1944. p. 4977.
- "No. 42657". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 April 1962. p. 3350.
| Naval Secretary
Sir Peter Cazalet
| Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
Sir Guy Sayer
Sir Charles Pizey
| Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Sir Charles Madden