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Sir William Crawford
Born 14 September 1907
Died 16 June 2003
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1929–1963
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Pelican
HMS Devonshire
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross

Vice Admiral Sir William Godfrey Crawford KBE, CB, DSC (14 September 1907–16 June 2003) is a former Royal Navy officer who served as Flag Officer Sea Training.

Naval career

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Crawford joined the Royal Navy in 1929 and saw action during the Second World War.[1] He became commanding officer of the sloop HMS Pelican and commander of the 2nd Frigate Squadron in November 1947.[1] He went on to be commanding officer of the cruiser HMS Devonshire in April 1952, Captain of the Royal Naval College, Dartford in August 1953 and Senior Naval Officer on the Directing Staff of the Imperial Defence College in April 1956.[1] After that he became Flag Officer Sea Training in September 1958[2] and naval attaché in Washington, D.C. in November 1960 before retiring in 1963.[1]

Crawford was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1961 New Year Honours[3] and a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1958 Birthday Honours.[4] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on 7 June 1946.[5]


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Military offices
Preceded by
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Flag Officer Sea Training
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Gretton