Roderick Douglas Macdonald

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Roderick Douglas Macdonald Vice Admiral Sir Roderick Douglas Macdonald KBE (25 February 1921 to 19 January 2001) was Chief of Staff of Naval Home Command. Educated at Fettes College, Macdonald joined the Royal Navy in 1939. He saw action during World War II during the Norwegian Campaign. After the War he commanded various ships and was mentioned in dispatches for actions against EOKA. Between 1965 and 1966 he commanded naval forces in Borneo. During the early 1970s he commanded HMS Bristol. In 1973 he was appointed Chief of Staff Naval Home Command and then in 1976 he became Chief of Staff of Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe at NATO. He retired in 1979. In retirement he became a distinguished artist and retired to his home on the Isle of Skye where he was chieftain of the annual Highland games. In 1993, his book 'The Figurehead' was published detailing his early war time career in the Royal Navy ISBN 978-1-85821-056-8. He is buried in Portree cemetery on Skye, Coordinates N57 24.180 W6 11.986.  ( Wikipedia article )


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