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Royle, Guy Charles Cecil (1885-1954)


Photograph of Guy Royle

Australian War Memorial #058131

Royle was a veteran of the Battle of Jutland, where he served as a gunnery officer on Marlborough. He was First Naval Member (head of the Royal Australian Navy) when war broke out in the Pacific, and continued in that post almost to the end of the war. However, since the oceangoing warships of the Royal Australian Navy fought alongside the Americans under American admirals, his actual role was little more than directing the coastal defenses of Australia.

How were we saved from disaster and invasion? The answer is a simple one. We were saved by the American Navy assisted by its little cousin the Royal Australian Navy, whilst the British Navy guarded our left flank in the Indian Ocean.

(NHSA 2011)

Service record

1885

Born
1916

BB Marlborough
1917

Staff, Grand Fleet
1920
Commander     
Executive officer, BB Iron Duke
1923

Staff, Director of Naval Ordnance
1924

Naval attaché, Tokyo
1927
Captain
Commander, CL Canterbury
1930

HMS Excellent (naval warfare school)
1933

Commander, CV Glorious
1934

Naval secretary, First Lord of the Admiralty
1937
Vice admiral    
Vice Admiral, Aircraft Carriers, Mediterranean Fleet
1939-11     

Fifth Sea Lord and Chief, Naval Air Service
1941-4

First Naval Member, Commonwealth Naval Board
1942-10-29     
Admiral

1946

Retires
1954

Dies

References

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (accessed 2011-3-20)

Naval Historical Society of Australia (accessed 2011-3-20)

Pettibone (2006)


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