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Default Admiral of the Fleet Sir George E. Creasy

Sir George Creasy

Admiral of the Fleet Sir George E. Creasy, GCB, CBE, DSO, MVO, who died on Tuesday 31st October 1972 at the age of 77, had a distinguished career, alike in staff and command service, which was remarkable for its variety. Though he had never before commanded a destroyer, he was a successful flotilla captain. Not long after being Director of Anti-Submarine Warfare during critical stages of the Battle of the Atlantic, concerned with the destruction of enemy U-boats, he became Head of the British Submarine Service, responsible for the extension and development of under-water craft. Though he had never been directly associated with naval aviation, he was Flag Officer (Air) in the Far East. He was Chief Staff Officer to the Allied Naval Commander in the invasion of Europe and after the war held more than one appointment on the Board of Admiralty.

George Elvey Creasy, the son of Leonard Creasy, was born on October 13, 1895. He entered the Navy as a cadet at Osborne in. 1908, was at Dartmouth from 1910 to 1912, and passed out from the training cruiser Cornwall the following year. He served in the Grand Fleet and took part in the operations in the Heligoland Bight in 1917. After serving as Assistant Director of Plans at the Admiralty in 1936-38, he took command of the Grenville and the lst Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean. This was his command during the early months of the Second World War. The Grenville returned to join the Home Fleet, and after she was sunk by a U-boat in January, 1940, he transferred to the Codrington. In this ship he brought to England Princess Juliana and her family after the invasion of Holland in May, 1940, and afterwards took part in the evacuation from Dunkirk. For two years from September, 1940, he was Director of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Division of the Naval Staff, and in 1942-43 commanded the battleship Duke of York. He was promoted. to Rear-Admiral in July, 1943. His next appointment, was as chief staff officer to Admiral Sir Alexander Ramsay for the planning and execution of the naval operations for the Allied landing in Normandy in June, 1944. Three months later he was appointed Rear-Admiral (Submarines) and held the, post for a period, which saw the end of the war and the surrender of the German U- boats.

It was a tribute to his all round capacity that from submarines he turned to aircraft, taking up, in 1947, the post of Flag; Officer, Aircraft Carriers and Air Stations, British Pacific Fleet and East Indies. In 1948, he was promoted Vice-Admiral. Eight months later he succeeded Admiral Sir Philip Vian as Fifth Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Air), and in 1949, was transferred to another post on the Admiralty Board, that of Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff. He I was C-in-C Home Fleet from 1952 to 1954 and also C-in-C Eastern Atlantic under NATO. From 1954 to 1957 he was C-in-C Portsmouth and also C-in-C Home Station designate and Allied C-in-C Channel Command under NATO. In 1959 he was appointed. A Deputy Lieutenant for Essex. He married in 1924 Monica eldest daughter of Wilfred Ullathorne and had one son.

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