Gerald Aylmer Garnons-Williams

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Captain Gerald Aylmer Garnons-Williams, R.N., Retired (24 January, 1893 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Upon passing out of the training establishment in mid-January 1911, Garnons-Williams was appointed to the battleship Queen in the Atlantic. He served in Zealandia and Druid from mid-May 1912 through 13 January, 1914 when he underwent examinations, obtaining a first-class certificate in gunnery, and second-class in torpedoes and engineering.

On 6 February, 1914, he was appointed to the dreadnought Vanguard.

Garnons-Williams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 July, 1915 and re-appointed in Vanguard.

On 17 February, 1915, he was appoinbted to Canada. He would be in her at the Battle of Jutland, his appointment ending on 31 May 1917. On 11 June, he was appointed to Dolphin for instruction in submarines. From here out, he would primarily serve in submarines. On 14 September 1917 he was appointed to his first submarine, E 51.


Garnons-Williams was appointed in command of the submarine L 71 on 9 August, 1920.[1]

Garnons-Williams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 39 July, 1923.

On 19 January, 1926, Garnons-Williams was lent to the Chilean Navy.

Garnons-Williams was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1927 and he was re-appointed to Chile until January, 1928.

World War II

Garnons-Williams was placed on the Retired List on account of age with the rank of Captain on 24 January, 1943.

Reverted to Retired List as medically unfit on 7 July, 1946. On 13 August, the President of the United States bestowed upon Garnons-Williams the Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer for distinguished services to the Allied Cause during the War, and the Royal Navy granted him unrestricted permission to wear it.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. H 34
16 Jun, 1919 – 10 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
James L. Boyd
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. H 43
10 Oct, 1919 – Dec, 1919
Succeeded by
George C. P. Menzies
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. H 22
1 Feb, 1920[2] – 8 Jul, 1920
Succeeded by
Edward M. Loly
Preceded by
Hugh R. Marrack
Captain of H.M.S. L 71
9 Aug, 1920[3] – 10 Oct, 1921
Succeeded by
Paul L. Eddis
Preceded by
John G. H. Steedman
Captain of H.M.S. H 32
10 Oct, 1921 – 23 Sep, 1922
Succeeded by
Alistair S. Cumming
Preceded by
Allan Poland
Captain of H.M.S. Ambrose
25 Jun, 1928 – 1 Aug, 1928
Succeeded by
Alan G. D. Twigg
Preceded by
Claud B. Barry
Captain of H.M.S. K 26
6 Aug, 1928[4] – 25 Aug, 1930
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Philip Ruck-Keene
Captain of H.M.S. Alecto
22 Feb, 1933[5] – 23 Aug, 1935
Succeeded by
Eric R. Reed
Preceded by
Ivan W. Whitehorn
Captain of H.M.S. Cormorant
24 Jul, 1936[6]
Succeeded by
Alfred G. Hine


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 799.
  2. The Navy List. (June, 1920). p. 782a.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 799.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 247.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 214.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 224.