Anthony Morton

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Sir Anthony Morton
Born (1923-11-06)6 November 1923
Died 6 May 2006(2006-05-06) (aged 82)
Winchester, Hampshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1941–1983
Rank Admiral
Commands held Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
20th Frigate Squadron
HMS Yarmouth
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Anthony Storrs Morton GBE, KCB (6 November 1923 – 6 May 2006) was a senior Royal Navy officer and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

Naval career

Educated at Loretto School, Morton was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1941 during the Second World War.[1] He became Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Yarmouth as well as Captain of the 20th Frigate Squadron in 1964, Senior Naval Officer Northern Ireland in 1968 and Senior Naval Member at the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1971.[1] He went on to be Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Policy) in 1973 and Flag Officer First Flotilla in 1975.[1] He was appointed Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 1977 and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1978.[1]

In 1980 he was appointed UK Military Representative to NATO; he retired in 1983.[1]

In retirement he became King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire as well as Rear-Admiral and then Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom.[1]

He died in 2006 after a long illness.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. Announcements Hampshire Chronicle, 11 May 2006
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Leach
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Edwin Bramall
Preceded by
Sir Raymond Lygo
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir William Staveley
Preceded by
Sir Alasdair Steedman
UK Military Representative to NATO
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Morony
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir George Gordon-Lennox
King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
Succeeded by
Sir Patrick Hine
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Griffin
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
October 1988 – November 1988
Succeeded by
Sir James Eberle
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Griffin
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
November 1998 – January 1994
Succeeded by
Sir James Eberle
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