Edward Neville Syfret

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Admiral SIR Edward Neville Syfret, K.C.B., K.B.E., R.N.(20 June, 1889 – 10 December, 1972) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Cape Town, South Africa the son of accountant E. R. Syfret, Esq., Edward ranked 21st in merit of sixty cadets accepted in the May 1904 intake term at H.M.S. Britannia.[1]

Syfret was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 November, 1909.

Syfret was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 November, 1917.

Syfret was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1922.

Syfret was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1929.

World War II

Syfret was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 January, 1940.

Syfret was granted the acting rank of Vice-Admiral on 14 July, 1942.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Bruce A. Fraser
Fleet Gunnery Officer, Mediterranean Fleet
1 Dec, 1927[2] – mid 1928[Inference]
Succeeded by
Arthur F. E. Palliser
Preceded by
Henry M. Coombs
Captain of H.M.S. Volunteer
13 Aug, 1928[3] – Jul, 1929
Succeeded by
Eric J. Shelley
Preceded by
Victor H. Danckwerts
Captain of H.M.S. Caradoc
19 Jul, 1932[4] – 31 Aug, 1934
Succeeded by
John D. A. Musters
Preceded by
Wilfred N. Custance
Captain of Devonport Gunnery School
31 Aug, 1934 – 31 Dec, 1935
Succeeded by
Alexander R. Hammick
Preceded by
John H. Godfrey
Deputy Director of Plans
2 Jan, 1936 – 10 Jan, 1938
Succeeded by
John H. Edelsten
Preceded by
Ronald W. Oldham
Captain of H.M.S. Ramillies
10 Jan, 1938 – 15 Aug, 1938
Succeeded by
Harold T. Baillie-Grohman
Preceded by
Ronald H. C. Hallifax
Captain of H.M.S. Rodney
15 Aug, 1938[5] – 21 Nov, 1939
Succeeded by
Frederick H. G. Dalrymple-Hamilton
Preceded by
Stuart S. Bonham-Carter
Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
1939 – 1941
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Peters
Preceded by
G. Frederick B. Edward-Collins
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron
19 Jun, 1941 – 10 Jan, 1942
Succeeded by
Stuart S. Bonham-Carter
as Vice-Admiral Commanding, Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron
Preceded by
James F. Somerville
Flag Officer Commanding, Force H
10 Jan, 1942 – 1 Apr, 1943
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sir Henry R. Moore
Vice Chief of Naval Staff
8 Jun, 1943 – Oct, 1945
Succeeded by
Sir Rhoderick R. McGrigor


  1. "Cadetships in the Royal Navy." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 21, 1904; pg. 12; Issue 37374.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1928). p. 260.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 285.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 220.
  5. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), 2 July 1938, p. 18.