Alexander Gordon-Lennox (Royal Navy officer)

Rear-Admiral Sir Alexander Henry Charles Gordon-Lennox KCVO CB DSO (9 April 1911 – 4 July 1987) was a Royal Navy officer who became President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Alexander Gordon-Lennox
Born9 April 1911
Died4 July 1987
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1924–1962
Commands held2nd Frigate Squadron
HMS Mercury
HMS Newcastle
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/warsWorld War II
Malayan Emergency
AwardsKnight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Born the son of Major Lord Bernard Gordon-Lennox, Gordon-Lennox joined the Royal Navy in 1924.[1] He served in the Middle East, in East Coast convoys and in Arctic convoys during the Second World War.[1] He became Commanding Officer of the sloop HMS Mermaid as well as Captain of the 2nd Frigate Squadron in 1954. He went on to become Commander of the signal school HMS Mercury in 1955, Flag Captain commanding the cruiser HMS Newcastle during the Malayan Emergency in 1957 and Deputy Chief of Supplies and Transport at the Admiralty in 1959.[1]

His last appointment was as President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1961 before retiring in 1962.[2] He was admitted a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1962 New Year Honours [3]

In retirement he was Serjeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons between 1961 and 1976[2][4] and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 1972 New Year Honours.[5]

Marriage and family

Gordon-Lennox married Barbara Steele in 1936. They had two sons who both followed Royal Navy careers:[2]

  • Michael (b.1938) became a Captain and m. Jennifer Gibbs, a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother and later to the Queen.
  • Andrew (b.1948) became a Commander and a Defence and Naval Attaché. He married Julia Morrison.


  1. Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. The
  3. "No. 42552". The London Gazette. 1 January 1962. p. 2.
  4. "No. 46942". The London Gazette. 22 June 1976. p. 8697.
  5. "No. 45554". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1972. p. 4.
Military offices
Preceded by
Earl Cairns
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Morgan Morgan-Giles
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