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Sir Lumley Lyster
Born (1888-04-27)April 27, 1888
Died August 4, 1957(1957-08-04) (aged 69)
Place of birth Warwickshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Danae
5th Destroyer Flotilla
HMS Glorious
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Lumley St George Lyster, KCB, CVO, CBE, DSO (27 April 1888 – 4 August 1957[1]) was a Royal Navy officer during the Second World War.

Naval career[]

Lyster served in World War I and fought at Gallipoli in 1915.[2] He was appointed a Naval Member of Ordnance Committee in 1929 and given command of the cruiser HMS Danae in 1932.[2] He went on to command the 5th Destroyer Flotilla in 1933 and the Royal Navy Gunnery School at Chatham in 1935 before becoming Director of Training and Staff Duties at the Admiralty in 1936.[2] He was given command of the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious in 1938 and was made Aide-de-camp to the King in 1939.[2]

He served in World War II initially as Rear-Admiral in charge of HM Dockyard Scapa Flow and then as Rear-Admiral in charge of the Aircraft Carriers in the Mediterranean Fleet from 1940.[2] He is notable for drawing up the attack plan for the Battle of Taranto, beginning in 1935 (at the instruction of Admiral Sir Dudley Pound) and executed in November 1940.[3] He was appointed Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Services from 1941 and Commander of the Aircraft Carriers in Home Fleet, with his flag in HMS Illustrious, in 1942: he commanded air operations during Operation Pedestal in August 1942, for which he was appointed CBE.[1] His last appointment was as Flag Officer, Carrier Training in 1943 before he retired in 1945.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. Stephen, Martin. Sea Battles in Close-up: World War 2 (Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan, 1988), p.34.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Guy Royle
Fifth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
(Next held by Sir Denis Boyd)

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