Oliver Bevir

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Oliver Bevir, C.B., C.B.E. (16 February, 1891 – 4 November, 1967) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Monmouth the son of E. Bevir, Esq., Solicitor.

Bevir was awarded the Wharton Testimonial for 1911.

Bevir was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 February, 1912. He was appointed to the armoured cruiser Defence from 2 September 1913 through 24 November 1915, when he was sent to H.M.S. Excellent, eventually to take up experimental duties there.

Bevir was awarded the Commander Egerton Prize for 1916.

On 17 December 1917, he was appointed to Parker for flotilla gunnery duties. Soon after the war ended, he was appointed to Campbell.


In mid-February 1919, Bevir was appointed to Douglas, additional, for gunnery duties with the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla. In November, he returned to Excellent.

Bevir was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 February, 1920.

After having been cautioned to be more attentive to customs regulations after improperly landing tobacco at Weymouth, Bevir was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1925.

Bevir was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1932.

In 1935, he was blamed for a collision between Leith and Wellington.

World War II

Bevir was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 28 July, 1942.

Bevir was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Vice-Admiral on 20 December, 1945.

Bevir died in 1967, aged 76.[1]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles H. Knox-Little
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
11 Nov, 1939[2] – Oct, 1940[3]
Succeeded by
Arthur R. Halfhide
Preceded by
Eric J. P. Brind
Captain of H.M.S. Excellent
28 Nov, 1940 – 1 Jul, 1941
Succeeded by
Herbert A. Packer
Preceded by
William R. Slayter
Director of Naval Ordnance
1 Aug, 1941 – 1 Jun, 1944
Succeeded by


  1. "Vice-ADmiral O. Bevir." The Times (London, England), Monday, November 6, 1967, Issue 57091, p.10.
  2. Uboat.net page on the ship.
  3. Uboat.net page on the ship.