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Elizabeth Craig-McFeely
Birth name Elizabeth Sarah Ann Craig-McFeely
Born April 27, 1927(1927-04-27) (age 94)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Women's Royal Naval Service
Years of service 1952–1982
Rank Commandant
Spouse(s) Rear Admiral Colin Dunlop (1995–2009)

Commandant Elizabeth Craig-McFeely CB (born 27 April 1927), who served as Director of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) between 1979–1982, while also acting as aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth II.

Naval career[edit | edit source]

Elizabeth Craig-McFeely was born on 27 April 1927,[1][2] the daughter of Lieutenant colonel Cecil Craig-McFeely. She attended the University of London where she gained a degree in physical education. Initially a teacher, she joined the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in 1952. As a third officer, she was posted to a number of establishments over the following 14 years, including the Royal Navy Supply School between 1964–1966.[1][3]

Craig-McFeely was posted as the commander of the WRNS in support of the Eastern Fleet between 1967–1969. She then worked directly for the Ministry of Defense and at the shore establishment HMS Centurion until 1976. The following year she was made the superintendent of the WRNS, becoming Director between 1979–1982. While holding this post, she was the aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth II.[1] She was succeeded as Director of the WRNS by Commandant Patricia Swallow on 30 July 1982.[4] Craig-McFeely retired from active service in that year, and was also named a Companion to the Order of the Bath.[1]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

In 1995, she married Rear Admiral Colin Dunlop. He had been her commanding officer while at the Royal Navy Supply School. Dunlop died in 2009 aged 91.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

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