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Gösta Ehrensvärd
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Nickname Gösta Carl Albert Ehrensvärd
Born (1885-02-10)10 February 1885
Died 2 November 1973(1973-11-02) (aged 88)
Place of birth Skabersjö, Sweden
Place of death Hässleholm, Sweden
Allegiance Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Navy
Years of service 1904–1950
Rank Vice admiral
Commands held HSwMS Oscar II
HSwMS Drottning Victoria
Naval Staff
Coastal Fleet
South Coast Navy District
Relations Carl August Ehrensvärd (father)
Carl August Ehrensvärd (brother)
Augustin Ehrensvärd (brother)
Albert Ehrensvärd (uncle)
Augustin Ehrensvärd (great-grandfather)
Archibald Douglas (cousin)

Count Gösta Carl Albert Ehrensvärd (10 February 1885 – 2 November 1973) was a Swedish Navy vice admiral.

Early lifeEdit

Ehrensvärd was born in Skabersjö, Svedala Municipality, Sweden, the son of admiral, count Carl August Ehrensvärd (1858–1944) and his wife baroness Lovisa Ulrika "Ulla" (née Thott). He was the brother of Chief of the Army, General Carl August Ehrensvärd (1892–1974)[1] and Deputy Director of the Ministry of Defence Augustin Ehrensvärd (1887–1968).[2] His great-grandfather was the fortress builder Augustin Ehrensvärd, his uncle was Albert Ehrensvärd and his cousin was Archibald Douglas.


He became a sea cadet in 1898 and was commissioned into the Swedish Navy as an acting sub lieutenant in 1904 after passing the naval officer examination.[3] Ehrensvärd was promoted to sub-lieutenant in 1906. Ehrensvärd passed the higher course at the Royal Swedish Naval Staff College from 1910 to 1911 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1913. He was a teacher at the Royal Swedish Naval Academy from 1916 to 1919 and at the Royal Swedish Naval Staff College from 1918 to 1922 when he was promoted to commander.[1] Seagoing services in the 1910s was partly as captain and division commander of torpedo boats.[4]

Ehrensvärd was commanding officer of the Destroyer Division in 1919 and from 1923 to 1924.[5] He was then head of the Communications Department at the Naval Staff from 1927 to 1929, captain of the HSwMS Oscar II in 1929 and was head of the Operations Department at the Naval Staff from 1929 to 1932 and was promoted to captain in 1933.[5] Ehrensvärd was captain of the HSwMS Drottning Victoria from 1932 to 1933 and flag captain in the staff of the Chief of the Coastal Fleet from 1933 to 1936. He was Chief of the Naval Staff from 1937 to 1939 and was promoted to rear admiral in 1938. Ehrensvärd was Chief of the Coastal Fleet from 1939 to 1942 and commanding admiral of the South Coast Navy District from 1942 to 1950 when he was promoted to vice admiral.[1]

Other workEdit

Ehrensvärd was editor of the journal Tidskrift i sjöväsendet from 1925 to 1927 and a member of the 1930 Defense Commission from 1930 to 1932.[5] He became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences in 1933 and a member of the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences in 1920 (honorary member in 1938).[1]

Personal lifeEdit

On 5 January 1909 he married Anna Enell (born (1886–1972),[6] the daughter of pharmacist Henrik Enell and Emma (née Öst). He was the father of Gösta (1910–1980), Carl August (1913–1982) and Ulla (1918–1983).[1] Ehrensvärd died on 2 November 1973 in Hässleholm[6] and was buried at Tosterup cemetery in Tomelilla Municipality.[7]

Dates of rankEdit

  • 1904 – Acting Sub-Lieutenant (Underlöjtnant)
  • 1906 – Sub-Lieutenant (Löjtnant)
  • 1913 – Lieutenant (Kapten)
  • 1922 – Commander (Kommendörkapten)
  • 1933 – Captain (Kommendör)
  • 1938 – Rear admiral
  • 1950 – Vice admiral

Awards and decorationsEdit

A.O.J Falkman, Gösta Ehrensvärd, B. Bertelsson and Helge Strömbäck in 1939

Officers aboard the HSwMS Sverige in 1939: from the left lieutenant A.O.J. Falkman, Chief of the Coastal Fleet, rear admiral Gösta Ehrensvärd, lieutenant B. Bertelsson and captain Helge Strömbäck.

Ehrensvärd's awards:[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Davidsson, Åke, ed (1966) (in Swedish). Vem är vem?. 4, Skåne, Halland, Blekinge (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. pp. 191–192. 
  2. G U (31 December 1972). "Namn att minnas - Gösta Ehrensvärd" (in Swedish). Stockholm: Svensk tidskrift. p. 266. LIBRIS 8258426. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harnesk, Paul, ed (1948) (in Swedish). Vem är vem?. D. 3, Götalandsdelen utom Skåne. Stockholm: Vem är vem bokförlag. pp. 240–241. 
  4. Blidberg, Einar (1973). "Gösta Ehrensvärd" (in Swedish) (PDF). Carlskrona: Tidskrift i sjöväsendet. p. 427. LIBRIS 8258455. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Burling, Ingeborg, ed (1956) (in Swedish). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1957. Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 229. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 (in Swedish) Sveriges dödbok 1901-2009 (Version 5.0 ed.). Solna: Sveriges släktforskarförbund. 2010. ISBN 978-91-87676-59-8. LIBRIS 11931231. 
  7. "Gösta Ehrensvärd" (in Swedish). 
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles de Champs
Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Yngve Ekstrand
Preceded by
Fabian Tamm
Chief of the Coastal Fleet
Succeeded by
Yngve Ekstrand
Preceded by
Hans Simonsson
Commander of the South Coast Navy District
Succeeded by
Erik Samuelsson

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