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Sir Richard Onslow
Born 1904
Died December 16, 1975(1975-12-16)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png Royal Navy
Years of service 1918 - 1962
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Ashanti
HMS Ospey
4th Destroyer Flotilla
HMS Devonshire
Plymouth Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Three Bars

Admiral Sir Richard George Onslow KCB DSO*** DL (1904 – 16 December 1975) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.

Naval career

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Osborne and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth,[1] Onslow joined the Royal Navy in 1918 at the end of World War I.[2]

He served in World War II becoming Captain of the destroyer HMS Ashanti in 1941 in the role of defending Russian convoys.[1] 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[2] in which capacity he earned the third of his three bars to his DSO.[3]

After the War he became Senior Naval Officer in Northern Ireland and then, from 1948, Director of the Tactical Division at the Admiralty.[2] After taking command of the training ship HMS Devonshire in 1951 he became Naval Secretary in 1952.[2] He was made Flag Officer (Flotillas) for the Home Fleet in 1955 and Flag Officer commanding the Reserve Fleet in 1956.[2] His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1958.[2] He retired in 1962.[2]

In retirement he became a Deputy Lieutenant for Shropshire.[1]


In 1932 he married Kathleen Meriel Taylor; they had two sons.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
William Davis
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
David Luce
Preceded by
Sir Peter Cazalet
Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Guy Sayer
Preceded by
Sir Charles Pizey
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Madden

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