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Subject: Re: [Mar] Arthur E F Bedford
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 10:44:07 EDT
The following is the obituary that appeared in the (London) Times of 6
"Vice Admiral A E F Bedford
Former Commander of the Royal Indian Navy
Vice Admiral AEF Bedford CB CSI whose death at Malta is reported on another
page, commanded the Indian Navy from1934 to 1937.
Arthur Edward Frederick Bedford was the son of Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford
GCB, GCMG, and was born in 1881. He joined the Royal Navy in 1895 and had
reached the rank of Commander when war broke out in 1914. In the battle of
the Falkland Islands he was commander of the cruiser Kent and early in 1918
joined the staff of the Dover Patrol. After a period of some two years as naval
assistant to the Second Sea Lord, he was appointed in 1926 Captain of the
Fleet in the Mediterranean and two years later was appointed to command the
depot t Devonport.
His last appointment before his promotion to flag rank in 1931 was the
command of the cruiser Tiger. From 1932 to 1934 he was Chief of Staff to Vice
Admiral Sir William Fisher in the Mediterranean and then began his service as
commander of the Royal Indian Marine, later Royal Indian Navy. He retired in
1938 but was re-employed in the recent war as Senior Naval Officer, Suez.
He married in 1914 Gladys, daughter of Mr. W E Mort, by whom he had a son
who was killed in action at Malta in 1942"