Charles Daniel (Royal Navy officer)

Charles Daniel (Royal Navy officer)
Sir Charles Daniel
Born 23 June 1894
Died 11 February 1981
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1912–1952
Rank Admiral
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Admiral Sir Charles Saumarez Daniel KCB CBE DSO (23 June 1894 – 11 February 1981) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy.

Naval career

Educated at Southcliffe School in Filey, the Royal Naval College, Osborne and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Daniel joined the Royal Navy in 1912.[1] He served in World War I taking part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[2] He was made Experimental Commander at HM Signal School in 1928 and Commanding Officer of HMS Glorious in 1933 before becoming a member of staff for the Joint Planning Committee at the Admiralty in 1936.[2]

He served in World War II initially as Captain (Destroyers) for the 8th Destroyer Flotilla and then, from 1940, as Director of Plans at the Admiralty.[2] He went on to be Captain of HMS Renown in 1941, Flag Officer, Combined Operations in 1943 and Vice Admiral in charge of Administration for the British Pacific Fleet in 1944.[2] After the War he became Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy and then, from 1949, Commandant of the Imperial Defence College before retiring in 1952.[2]

In retirement he became Chairman of the Television Advisory Committee.[1]


In 1919 he married Marjory Katharine Wilson; they had one daughter.[1] Following the death of his first wife, he married Mrs Pares Wilson in 1963.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Frederic Wake-Walker
Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Denny
Preceded by
Sir John Slessor
Commandant of the Imperial Defence College
Succeeded by
Sir Frank Simpson

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