Geoffrey Barnard

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Sir Geoffrey Barnard
Born(1902-11-12)12 November 1902
St George Hanover Square, London
Died19 December 1974(1974-12-19) (aged 72)
Petersfield, Hampshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1916–1959
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldPresident, Royal Naval College, Greenwich (1956–58)
Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (1953–54)
HMIS Delhi (1950–51)
HMS Aurora (1943–45)
HMS Daring (1935–37)
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Mentioned in Despatches
Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de guerre (France)

Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Barnard KCB, CBE, DSO & Bar (12 November 1902 – 19 December 1974) was a Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff.

Naval career[edit]

Barnard joined the Royal Navy in 1916 during the First World War, and subsequently specialised in Gunnery.[1] He was given command of the destroyer HMS Daring in 1935.[1]

He served in the Second World War as Fleet Gunnery Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet, earning the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) at the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941,[2] and seeing action at the landings in North Africa in 1942.[1] He took command of the cruiser HMS Aurora in 1944,[1] and was awarded a Bar to his DSO during Operation Dragoon in 1945.[2]

After the War he became Chief Staff Officer to the Flag Officer (Air) in 1946 and Director of the Royal Navy Tactical School in 1948.[1] He was attached to the Indian Navy and commanded the Indian Navy Squadron from 1950 before being appointed Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Warfare) in 1952.[1] He became Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff and a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1953 and Naval Attaché at the Joint Services Mission in Washington D. C. in 1954.[1] His last role was as President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1956 before retiring in 1959.[1]


In 1926 he married Julyan Frances Crawley; they had one son and two daughters.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Evans-Lombe
Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Eric Clifford
Preceded by
Sir William Andrewes
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Earl Cairns