James Rivett-Carnac (Royal Navy officer)

James Rivett-Carnac
Born 12 February 1891
Died 9 October 1970 (1970-10-10) (aged 79)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1910–1947
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Rodney
New Zealand Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross

Vice-Admiral James William Rivett-Carnac CB CBE DSC DL (12 February 1891 – 9 October 1970) was a Royal Navy officer who became Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division.

Naval career

Born the younger son of Rev. Sir Clennel George Rivett-Carnac, 6th Baronet, Rivett-Carnac joined the Royal Navy in 1910[1] and served in World War I and was mentioned in despatches.[2] He became Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division in December 1938.[3] He also served in World War II as Director of Training and Staff Duties at the Admiralty from April 1940[3] and as Commanding Officer of the battleship HMS Rodney from 1941 before becoming rear-admiral in charge of the Normandy beaches during the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944.[4] He was mentioned in despatches twice during World War II.[2] He retired in 1947.[1]

In retirement he lived in Bury St Edmunds and became Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk.[2]


He married Isla Nesta Blackwood.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Irvine Glennie
Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand Division
Succeeded by
Henry Horan
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