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Sir Peter Compston
Born (1915-09-12)12 September 1915
Died 20 August 2000(2000-08-20) (aged 84)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1937 - 1970
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Orwell
HMS Victorious
Battles/wars World War II
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir Peter Maxwell Compston KCB (12 September 1915 – 20 August 2000) was a Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.

Naval career[edit | edit source]

Educated at the Epsom College, Compston joined the Royal Air Force in 1936[1] and transferred to the Royal Navy in 1937.[2] He served in World War II with 810 Naval Air Squadron and then 700 Naval Air Squadron.[3] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Orwell in 1955, naval attaché in Paris in 1960 and Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious in 1962.[3] Victorious was under Compston's command during service in the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.[3] He went on to be naval attaché in Washington D. C. in 1965, Flag Officer Flotillas Western Fleet in 1967 and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in 1968.[2] He retired in 1970.[2]

Family[edit | edit source]

In 1939 he married Valerie Marjorie Bocquet; they had one son and one daughter.[2] Following the dissolution of his first marriage, he married Angela Brickwood in 1954.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Obituary: Vice Admiral Sir Peter Compston The Times, 19 September 2000
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Obituary: Vice Admiral Sir Peter Compston Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2000
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir David Clutterbuck
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
1968–1970
Succeeded by
Sir John Martin

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