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John Gerard-Pearse
Born 10 May 1924
Died 22 May 2017
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1943–1979
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS Tumult
HMS Grafton
HMS Defender
HMS Fearless
HMS Ark Royal
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Rear Admiral John Roger Southey Gerard-Pearse CB (10 May 1924–22 May 2017) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Flag Officer Sea Training.

Naval career[]

Educated at Clifton College, Gerard-Pearse joined the Royal Navy in 1943 during the Second World War.[1] He was given command of the destroyer HMS Tumult, the frigate HMS Grafton and then the destroyer HMS Defender in the early 1960s.[1] He went on to be Captain of the Fishery Protection Squadron in Jun 1966, before becoming commanding officer of the landing platform dock HMS Fearless in April 1969 and then of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal in November 1973.[1] After that he became Flag Officer Sea Training in April 1975[2] and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) in February 1977 before retiring in 1979.[1]

Gerard-Pearse was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1979 New Year Honours.[3] He died on 22 May 2017.[4]


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Military offices
Preceded by
James Eberle
Flag Officer Sea Training
Succeeded by
Gwynedd Pritchard