David Hallifax

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David Hallifax : biography

3 September 1927 – 23 August 1992

Admiral Sir David John Hallifax, KCB KCVO KBE, (3 September 1927 – 23 August 1992) was Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle from 1988 until 1992.

Naval career

Hallifax was educated at Winchester College, joined Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth as a cadet in 1945 The Independent, 27 August 1992 and spent his early years in minesweepers based in the eastern Mediterranean. His first command was as a young lieutenant in the fast patrol boat MTB5008.

In 1954 he qualified as a Torpedo and Anti-Submarine Officer serving in during the Suez Crisis in 1956 and later in in the West Indies. He also commanded the destroyer at home and in East Asia before taking command of in 1973. Following an appointment to the Ministry of Defence as Director of Naval Operational Requirements, he became Flag Officer First Flotilla, a position once held by his father. It was from here that he went to the Northwood Headquarters as Chief of Staff to Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse, Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1980. As Chief of Staff he was responsible for the day-to-day control of the Headquarters during the Falklands Conflict. His next appointment was to the United States of America as the NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in 1982. His final appointment was Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1986.

Hallifax retired from the Navy in 1987. He was a keen yachtsman, competing in the 1971 Admirals Cup aboard the ‘Prospect of Whitby’. He was a skilled woodworker, with a particular interest in fine reproduction furniture.

In 1988 he was made Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. He died of motor neurone disease in 1992.