Admiral Sir David Williams - Service of Thanksgiving

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  • Date: Thursday 11th October 2012
Admiral Sir David Williams - Service of Thanksgiving Admiral Sir David Williams - Service of Thanksgiving Admiral Sir David Williams - Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving has taken place at Britannia Royal Naval College for the life and work of Admiral Sir David Williams.

Admiral Williams, a founder life member of the Britannia Association, was a former Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and Governor of Gibraltar, died on 16 July 2012 at the age of 91.

The Service was held in the College chapel and conducted by The Reverend Ian Wheatley, Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet, assisted by The Reverend Andrew Hillier, one of the Chaplains at Britannia Royal Naval College. Admiral Williams’ widow Lady Pippa was among the family and friends gathered for the Service. A total of 27 Admirals were in attendance, a few of whom were representing members of the Royal Family, including the current First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope who represented Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Admiral’s Williams’ grandchildren Nicholas and James Williams and Alice and Laura Williams carried the Admiral’s Orders and Decorations into the chapel accompanied by a Royal Navy Colour Party made up of Ratings and Royal Marines (Other Ranks) serving at Britannia Royal Naval College. The Orders and Decorations were placed on a table draped in the Admiral’s Bath Banner, which as a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, hung above his Stall in the Chapel of King Henry VII in Westminster Abbey.

Buglers from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth also took part in the Service. David Oldbury the BRNC Chapel organist conducted the music while Dr David Price, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral, played the musical accompaniment as the congregation of around 400 people sang the hymns ‘Praise, my soul, the King of heaven’, ‘He who would valiant be’ and the Naval Hymn, ‘Eternal Father, strong to save’. The First Sea Lord read the Naval prayer and there were readings and recollections by Admiral Williams’ sons Alex and Steve Williams and daughter-in-law, Ruth Williams. The former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jock Slater, gave the address.

Admiral Williams was born in 1921 and served at sea throughout the Second World War. He was appointed the Flag Officer Second-in-Command Far East Fleet in 1970 and Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1974. Between 1976 until his retirement in 1979 Admiral Williams served as the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command. He was appointed Governor of Gibraltar on 26 October 1982 and held this position for three years until 19 November 1985. Admiral Williams and his wife, Lady Pippa, were married for 65 years.


Other attendees at the Service of Thanksgiving included General Sir Peter Whitely, representing

the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Admiral Sir Hugo White, representing His Excellency, Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns, Mr Peter Canessa, representing the Government of Gibraltar and Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson representing the County of Devon.


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