Charles Bernard Williams

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Charles Bernard Williams'
Rear-Admiral Charles Bernard Williams.png
Born19 February 1925
Grahamstown, South Africa
Died11 June 2015
Lee-on-Solent, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Battles/warsWorld War II

Rear-Admiral (E) Charles Bernard Williams CB, OBE, (19 February 1925 – 11 June 2015) was an engineer flag officer of the Royal Navy who went on to become Flag Officer, Medway and Port Admiral, Chatham.[1]

Naval Career

Williams was born in Grahamstown, South Africa, in 1925. He joined the Royal Navy soon after the start of the Second World War and enrolled at Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham as a Cadet (E) on 1 September, 1942. On 1 May, 1943 he was promoted the rank of Midshipman (E). Between April and 30 June, 1944 he served aboard the battleship HMS Howe. He next served aboard the cruiser HMS Mauritius until January, 1945. In July, 1945 he was then assigned to the destroyer HMS Cambrian, and whilst in this role was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant (E) on 1 February, 1946.

In August, 1946 he was promoted to Lieutenant (E) and assigned to the cruiser HMS Nigeria until July, 1948.[2] On 8 July, 1949 he was then posted to the Coastal Forces base, Gosport (HMS Hornet) until May, 1950. On 3 October, 1951 whilst an engineering officer he next served on the aircraft carrier HMS Triumph until May, 1953. On 9 May, 1953 he the served at HMS Siskin (RN Air Station and School of Aircraft Handling, Gosport) (in charge of Flight Deck Trials Unit) until April, 1955 and whilst in this role was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander (E) on 1 February, 1954.

In January, 1956 then served at the Naval Wing, National Gas Turbine Establishment [HMS President] until January, 1957. In 1958 he was next appointed Senior Engineer pf the heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland until January, 1959. In 30 December, 1960 he was promoted to the rank of Commander (E) and placed in charge Admiralty Fuel Experimental Station until July, 1961. In 1962 he next served as Engineer Officer, HMS London for the next 2 years. In 1964 he was appointed Staff Engineer to the Flag Officer, Middle East. He was appointed OBE for his work at Aden Naval Base (HMS Sheba) repairing British ships involved in the blockade of Beira.[3]

On 5 June, 1967 he was appointed Duty Commander, Naval Operations, Ministry of Defence (N) as part of the Directorate of Naval Operations and Trade, Navy Department, London. On 30 June, 1969 he was promoted to the rank of Captain (E) and the same year next appointed Deputy Manager, Portsmouth Dockyard.[4]

Flag Rank

In 1972 he was promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Superintendent of Clyde Submarine base. In 1975 he was next appointed Captain and Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan the Marine Engineering training establishment and school of aircraft handling at Gosport. In 1978 he was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and appointed Flag Officer, Medway and Port Admiral, Chatham until 1980. He was made CB following his retirement in 1980.[5]


  1. "Williams, Rear-Adm. Charles Bernard, (19 Feb. 1925–11 June 2015), Flag Officer Medway and Port Admiral Chatham, 1978–80". >WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). London and Oxford: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2016. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u39924. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
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