P. M. B. Chavasse

Paul Morrison Bushe Chavasse
CBE, DSC and Bar
Birth name Paul Morrison Bushe Chavasse
Born (1908-01-04)January 4, 1908
County Waterford, Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Died August 23, 1994(1994-08-23) (aged 86)
Castletownshend, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Royal Ceylon Navy
Years of service 1928-1960
Rank Captain
Commands held Commander of the Royal Ceylon Navy
HMS Pembroke
Battles/wars Second World War
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Geraldine Aylmer Somerville (3 March 1905 - 12 November 1959)
Relations 1 son, 1 daughter

Captain Paul Morrison Bushe Chavasse CBE, DSC and Bar (4 January 1908 - 23 August 1994) was the 3rd Commander of the Royal Ceylon Navy. He was appointed with the temporary rank of commodore on 15 June 1953 and served until 7 November 1955. He was succeeded by Royce de Mel.[1][2]


Chavasse was the youngest son (of four brothers) of Major Henry Chavasse (1863-1943), and his second wife Judith Isabella Fleming (1867-1935). He joined the Royal Navy in 1926 and was educated at Dartmouth and Greenwich. He was commissioned an acting sub-lieutenant on 1 May 1928, and successively promoted to sub-lieutenant (1 January 1929), lieutenant (1 October 1930) and to lieutenant-commander (1 October 1938). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) in 1940, mentioned in deapatches for service in the Mediterranean in 1942 and awarded a second DSC in 1944 for his role in sinking the German battleship Scharnhorst. Promoted to commander (31 December 1944), he served in the Operations Division (Mining) on HMS President. In 1953, he was appointed the third commander of the Royal Ceylon Navy with the temporary rank of commodore. Serving until 1955, he was appointed a CBE in 1960 and retired as a captain later that year.[2]


  1. "Past Commanders". navy.lk. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Royal Navy Officers (1939-1945)". http://unithistories.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
Military offices
Preceded by
J. R. S. Brown
Commander of the Royal Ceylon Navy
Succeeded by
Royce de Mel
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