The Papers of Admiral Sir Herbert Packer
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- 1912 - 1962
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During the First World War, Packer served aboard HMAS Australia in the Pacific and then HMS Warspite in the Grand Fleet, being promoted to Lieutenant in 1916. After the war, he served as Gunnery Officer in HMS Dublin in 1922, then in 1925 married Joy Petersen. In the following year Packer returned to the Warspite, before becoming Fleet Gunnery Officer with HMS Queen Elizabeth, from 1928-29. He was also promoted to Commander in 1929, then from 1932-33 served as Fleet Gunnery Officer with HMS Kent, before taking command of the Kent from 1934-36. He was promoted again in 1936, to Captain, but left his ship in the following year to become Naval Attaché for Athens [Greece], Ankara [Turkey] and Belgrade [Yugoslavia, later Serbia] from 1937-39. Returning to sea in 1939, Packer took command of first HMS Calcutta, then from 1940-1941, HMS Manchester. He then drew on his gunnery skills as Captain of the Gunnery School at Whale Island [Alaska], from 1941-43, before once again becoming Captain of HMS Warspite in 1943. In 1944 he served as first Commodore Administration then Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean, Admiral Sir John Cunningham.
After the war, Packer became Rear-Admiral commanding 2nd Cruiser Squadron from 1946-48, then served as a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Chief of Supplies and Transport, 1948-50, finally ending his naval career as Commander-in-Chief South Atlantic Station, 1950-52. In the following year he retired to live in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.
Packer was awarded the CB and CBE in 1945, and was knighted in 1950. He died on 23 September 1962.
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