Geoffrey Howard Barnish

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Captain R.N.R. (retired) Geoffrey Howard Barnish, D.S.O., R.D., (13 January, 1887 – ) was an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Life & Career

Born in Wigan. In his civilian career, Barnish sailed in Lusitania and Carpathia. Barnish was captain of the destroyer Fairy on 31 May, 1918 when she rammed and fired upon UC 75, causing her loss.[1]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Garry on 25 July, 1918.[2]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Harry C. Birnie
Captain of H.M.S. Fairy
6 Feb, 1918 – 31 May, 1918[3]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Arthur H. Hignett
Captain of H.M.S. Bat
1 Jul, 1918 – 31 Jul, 1918
Succeeded by
Francis G. Spriddell
Preceded by
Edward F. B. Law
Captain of H.M.S. Garry
25 Jul, 1918[4] – 3 Jun, 1919
Succeeded by
Terence A. F. Longford


  1. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 62.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 799.
  3. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 134.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 799.