Major Robert Francis Le Bailly (1866 - 1945) and Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly (1915 - 2010)

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Major Robert Francis Le Bailly (1866 - 1945) and Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly (1915 - 2010)

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Major Robert Francis Le Bailly (1866 - 1945), a Civil Engineer, moved from Bristol to Oakridge in 1924 with his wife and children, one of whom, Louis, then nine, was destined to become Vice Admiral Sir Louis Edward Stewart Holland Le Bailly KBE, CB (1915 – 2010).

Vice Admiral Sir Louis Edward Stewart Holland Le Bailly KBE, CB was a Royal Navy officer and Naval Engineer who became Director-General of Intelligence and later a writer. His father, Major Robert Francis Le Bailly was originally a Civil Engineer, as was his father before him and his mother was Gaskell Le Bailly (née Holland).

The Move to Oakridge
The Le Bailly family moved from Bristol to 'The Folly' at Oakridge when Louis was just nine years old.

His father was a Civil Engineer and spent much time abraod, for example railway building in Turkey in 1939. Shortly thereafter his father joined the Roal Naval Air Service where he eventually rose to the rank of Major.

Robert Le Bailly lived at The Folly in Oakridge until his death at the age of 79 in 1945.

Some years ago, Louis wrote a very interesting piece for Oakridge's 'Whats On' newsletter reminiscing on his relationship with Oakridge and its people, you can find it here

Louis Le Bailly's Naval career
Louis attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth between 1929 and 1932 and joined HMS Hood as a midshipman.[1] He attended the Royal Naval Engineering College in Keyham between 1933 and 1937 returning to HMS Hood as an engineer Lieutenant.[1]

He left the Hood in 1940 and served aboard HMS Naiad, surviving the sinking of that ship in 1942.[1] After serving at the RN Engineering College Le Bailly was posted to the battleship HMS Duke of York in 1944[1] where he served as Lieutenant Commander and was present at the Japanese Surrender.

Le Bailly served at the Admiralty from 1946 and aboard HMS Bermuda from 1950. He subsequently served at the Admiralty from 1955 to 1958 and as Staff Officer to Dartmouth Review Committee in 1958.

He was appointed Assistant Engineer-in-Chief in 1958 and Naval Assistant to Controller of the Navy in 1960.[1] He went on to be Deputy Director of Marine Engineering in 1964, Naval Attaché and Head of the Royal Navy staff in Washington D. C. in 1967 and Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence) in 1971 before retiring from the Royal Navy in 1972.[2]

In retirement he was appointed Director-General of Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence in 1972.[1] Later he became vice chairman of the Institute for Study of Conflict, and chairman of the Civil Service Selection Board. Le Bailly led a campaign for his local pub in St Tudy, Cornwall, to be renamed after William Bligh who was born in the village.[3]

He is survived by his wife, Pamela (née Berthon) (Sir Louis died on their 64th wedding anniversary, having been wed on 2 October 1946 at Holy Trinity Brompton Church),[4] daughters Susanna, Charlotte and Belinda, and their children.

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Relation

Some years ago, Louis wrote a very interesting piece for Oakridge's 'Whats On' newsletter reminiscing on his relationship with Oakridge and its people, you can find it here

Vice Admiral Louis Le Bailly
Le Bailly was a prolific writer with four published books;

A Man Around The Engine (1990)
Old Loves Return (1994)
We Should All Look To Our Moat (2007)
From Fisher To The Falklands (1991)

References
1. Obituary: Vice Admiral Sir Louis De Bailly , 8 October 2010
2. RN Officers 1939-1945
3. "Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London: TMG). ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
4. The Times, Friday, 4 Oct 1946; pg. 1; Issue 50573;
5. The Louis Le Bailly Archive at the Churchill Archives Centre
6. Obituary at this is Cornwall

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Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly
Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly

Citation

“Major Robert Francis Le Bailly (1866 - 1945) and Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly (1915 - 2010),” Oakridge Archives, accessed May 19, 2024, https://oakridgearchives.omeka.net/items/show/329.

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