David Allen (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir David Allen
Born 14 June 1933
Died 1994
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1949-1991
Rank Rear Admiral
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Rear Admiral Sir David Allen, KCVO, CBE (14 June 1933 – 1994) was a senior Royal Navy officer who served as Defence Services Secretary from 1988 to 1991.

Naval career

Educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Allen joined the Royal Navy in 1949.[1] He became secretary to the Naval Secretary in 1973, Fleet Supply Officer in 1975 and secretary to the Controller of the Navy in 1978.[1] He joined the staff of the Flag Officer, Naval Air Command in 1981 and became secretary to the First Sea Lord in 1982 before becoming commanding officer of HMS Cochrane in 1985.[1] He was Chief Naval Supply and Secretariat Officer as well as Defence Services Secretary from 1988 to 1991 when he retired.[1]


In 1962 he married Margaret Gwendolin Todd; they had two sons.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Debrett's People of Today 1994
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Peirse
Defence Services Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Pennicott