John Cronyn Tovey

(1885—1971) naval officer

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(1885–1971), British naval officer who, as second-in-command of Cunningham's Mediterranean Fleet, fought in early skirmishes with the Italian Navy. In October 1940 he was appointed C-in-C Home Fleet whose warships sank the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941 and guarded the Arctic convoys. He was promoted admiral in 1942, became C-in-C the Nore, one of the navy's five home commands, and in May 1943 was promoted admiral of the fleet. He was knighted in 1941.

From The Oxford Companion to World War II in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Second World War.

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