Charles Norris (Royal Navy officer)

Charles Norris (Royal Navy officer)
Sir Charles Norris
Born 1900
Ipswich, Suffolk
Died 1989
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1913 - 1956
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Far East Fleet
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Vice Admiral Sir Charles (Fred Wivell) Norris KBE CB DSO (1900–1989) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet.

Naval career

Norris joined the Royal Navy in 1913.[1] He served in World War I and took part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[1] After the War he became a student at Cambridge University.[1]

He also served in World War II as Second in Command of HMS Sheffield and then as Commander on HMS Bellona from 1943.[1] He took part in the Normandy landings on Omaha Beach in 1944 and in the Murmansk Convoys in the Winter 1944 to 1945.[1]

In 1948 he became Captain of the Fleet for the Home Fleet and in 1950 he was appointed Director of Naval Training and Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel at the Admiralty.[1] He was made Flag Officer, Flotillas at Malta in 1953 and Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet in 1954; he retired in 1956.[1]

In retirement he became a Director of the British Productivity Council.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Lambe
Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Scott-Moncrieff

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