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Iwan Geoffrey Raikes

Sub Lieutenant


b. 21/4/1921 at Weymouth, 2nd. s. of Admiral Sir Robert Henry Taunton Raikes KCB, CVO, DSO of Mantyley Chase, Newent, Gloucs., and his wife Ida Guinevere Evans, d. of David Evans of Ffrwdgrech, Brecknock. (For this family, see "Raikes of Treberfydd" in Burke's Landed Gentry, 1925, &c.) Educ. R.N. College, Dartmouth. Entered the Navy 1/9/1938; Mid. 1/5/1939; Sub.Lt. 1/1/41; Lt. 1/5/42; Lt. Cmdr. 1/5/50; Cmdr. 31/12/1952; Captain 31/12/1960; Rear-Admiral 7/1/1970; Vice-Admiral 24/4/1973. DSC May 1943; CBE 1967; KCB 1976.
At the start of WW2 he was with HMS Sussex in the Mediterranean. Oct. 1939 South Atlantic; Feb. 1940 Indian Ocean; Apr. 1940 to Scapa Flow. Oct 1940, to HMS Repulse. Jan. 1941 Sub. Lt. Course at Portsmouth; Apr. 1941 to HMS Beagle, Atlantic Convoys; Oct. 1941 Submarine Course at Blyth on "Elfin"; Jan 1942 to HM Sub. Sealion, Atlantic and North Sea, then Sep. 1942-May 1943 HM Sub. Saracen in the Mediterranean. June 1943 Sub. C.O'S Course at HMS Dolphin; Oct 1943-Mar 1944, C.O. HM Sub. H34 (Sub. Training Squadron, Rothesay); Apr 1944-Sept. 1945, CO HM Subs. Varne (in the North Sea); Virtue, 1946; Talent, 1948-9; Aeneas, 1952. Exec. Offr. HMS Newcastle 1955-57. JSSC 1957. CO HMS Loch Inch, 1961; Deputy Dir. Undersea Warfare, 1962-64; Dir. Plans and Operations, C in C Far East 1965-66; IDC 1967; CO HMS Kent, 1968; Naval Secretary 1970-72; Flag Officer First Flotilla, 1973-74. Flag Officer Submarines and CO Submarines E. Atlantic, 1974-76. He retired in 1977.
Vice-Admiral Raikes was made a Member of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales, in 1979, and a Deputy Lieutenant of Powys in 1983.

Their Children are:
Rowland Gerard Taunton                b. 30/1/1949
June Marguerite                       b. 28/6/1951.

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