John Garnet Armstrong

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Vice-Admiral John Garnet Armstrong, O.B.E., Royal Navy, Retired (19 July, 1870 – 30 April, 1949) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Armstrong was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 13 November, 1892.[1]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Lynx on 3 August, 1897.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 1 January, 1903.[3]

Armstrong was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1908.[4]

On 12 February, 1910, he was appointed in command of the repair ship Cyclops.[5]

He was appointed Captain of the battleship London on 18 February, 1914,[6] and directed her in operations in the Channel and in the Dardanelles.

Armstrong was captain of the armoured cruiser Bacchante from February to June in 1917.[7] In August, he took command of the armoured cruiser King Alfred, serving in her until April 1918.[8]

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 28 January, 1920, vice Grant, and was placed on the Retired List at his own request the following day.[9]

Armstrong died age 78 on 30 April, 1949. He was cremated on 4 May at Golders Green Crematorium.[10]

Who was Who

ARMSTRONG, Vice-Admiral John Garnet Born 19 July 1870; s of Surgeon-General W. N. Armstrong; m 1893, Ethel Mary (d 1923), d of Comdr G. P. Heath, RN, OBE; two s ; died 30 April 1949


EDUCATION Burneys; HMS Britannia

CAREER Served in China during the China-Jap. War 1894, also in Boxer War 1899; in European War in command of HMS London in the Channel and Dardanelles and afterwards in HMS King Alfred, and after the war as Superintendent of Pembroke Dockyard; retired 1920; at present doing voluntary work for the SOS Society and others

CLUB United Service

ADDRESS 23 Gordon Square, WC1 Euston 3980


  1. The London Gazette: no. 26359. p. 2. 2 January, 1893.
  2. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 5 August, 1897. Issue 35274, col D, p. 11.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27512. p. 4. 2 January, 1903.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 28211. p. 32. 1 January, 1909.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 7 February, 1910. Issue 39189, col F, p. 4.
  6. The Navy List (December, 1914). p. 349.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 31779. p. 1832. 13 February, 1920.
  10. "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Tuesday, 3 May, 1949. Issue 51371, col B, p. 1.


Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frederick D. Gilpin-Brown
Captain Superintendent of Pembroke Dockyard
1918 – 1920
Succeeded by
D. Murray Anderson