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George Simpson
Born 6 June 1901
Died 2 March 1972
Place of birth Dorking, Surrey
Place of death Whangarei, New Zealand
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
Years of service 1917-1954
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS L27
HMS Porpoise
10th Submarine Flotilla
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Rear Admiral George Walter Gillow Simpson CB, CBE (6 June 1901 – 2 March 1972) was a Royal Navy officer who became Flag Officer Submarines.

Naval careerEdit

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Osborne and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Simpson joined the Royal Navy in 1917.[1] He became commanding officer of the submarine HMS L27 in 1935 and of the submarine HMS Porpoise in August 1938.[1] He became commander of the 10th Submarine Flotilla, based at Malta in January 1941, during the Second World War, in which role his mission was to prevent enemy supplies reaching North Africa.[2] He went on to be Commodore Western Approaches in April 1943.[2]

Simpson became Chief of the New Zealand Navy Staff in 1948, Flag Officer Germany in 1951 and Flag Officer Submarines in 1952.[3] In this role he was dual-hatted as NATO Commander Submarine Force Eastern Atlantic.[4] He retired in 1954.[3] He died at Whangarei in New Zealand on 2 March 1972 and was buried at Maunu Lawn Cemetery in Whangarei.[5]


In 1945 Simpson married Alison Hall; they had two sons and a daughter.[1]


Further readingEdit

  • Simpson, George (2010). Periscope View. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1848320543. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sydney Raw
Flag Officer Submarines
Succeeded by
George Fawkes

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