Sir Michael Villiers

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RSM Frank Mustow, of the Victoria College CCF, and Sir Michael Villiers
HMS Bulwark, one of Sir Michael Villiers' commands

Vice Admiral Sir Michael Villiers (1907–1990) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Fourth Sea Lord and then Lieut-Governor of Jersey.


The third son of Rear Admiral Edward Villiers, he was educated at Oundle School and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He joined the Royal Navy in 1935 and then was on the staff of the Experimental Signal School at Portsmouth in 1936.

He served in World War II as Squadron Signal Officer and Flag Lieutenant to the Admiral commanding the Battle Cruiser Squadron and then transferred to the battleship HMS Warspite in which he took part in the Norwegian campaign. He joined the staff of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay for the planning of the invasion of Sicily in 1943 and then commanded the destroyer HMS Ursa in 1945.

After the war he commanded HMS Snipe on the West Indies Station from 1946 and then joined the Directing Staff at the Joint Services Staff College from 1948. He was appointed Assistant Director of Plans at the Admiralty in 1950 and Queen's Harbourmaster at Malta in 1952. He commanded the aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark from 1954 and then became Chief of the Naval Staff for the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1958. His last appointment was as Fourth Sea Lord and Vice Controller of the Navy in 1960 before he retired in 1964.

In retirement he became Lieut-Governor of Jersey.


In 1936 he married Rosemary Grissell; they had two daughters.

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