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


Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Oscar V. de Satgé
Captain of H.M.S. Lynx
3 Aug, 1897 – ?
Succeeded by
Stephen H. Radcliffe
Preceded by
Thomas W. Kemp
Captain of H.M.S. London
18 Feb, 1914 – ?
Succeeded by
Adrian H. Smyth
Preceded by
John R. Segrave
Captain of H.M.S. Bacchante
Feb, 1917 – ?
Succeeded by
Frank O. Lewis
Preceded by
Frank O. Lewis
Captain of H.M.S. King Alfred
Aug, 1917 – ?
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Frederick D. Gilpin-Brown
Captain Superintendent, Pembroke Dockyard
1 Nov, 1918 – ?
Succeeded by
David M. Anderson


  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.