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ADMIRAL  SIR KENNETH  JOHN EATON.

 

 

 

Sir Kenneth John Eaton G.B.E.,  K.C.B., F.Eng. FIEE.   was born in Sheerness  on the 12th August 1934 and his parents were John and May. John worked in the Dockyard as a highly respected  “ poultice wallah “ in the medical center.In those days if you hurt yourself and required Medical aid , irrespective of whether you  had toothache, an ingrowing toenail or a broken arm , the treatment was nearly always the same –a hot poultice.- ( well almost !)

 

.Kenneth   married Sheena Buttle in 1959 having two sons           He was educated at Borden Grammar School(and has  returned there to present prizes at Speech Day )after which he  served his apprenticeship as an Electrician in Sheerness Dockyard circa 1950 . At one time in the Dockyard he came under the supervision of Mr. Bailey who was the Inspector of Electricians , a very high  graded salaried managerial position and  he often commented to his son Ron how this lad Ken was very bright and had a great future ahead of him .He then joined  the R.N. and then on to Fitzwilliam College   Cambridge University where he obtained  his B.A.  .He then effectively left Sheerness and has not lived here since but still remembers  Sheerness .

 

I searched “Google “ (a search machine on the inernet ) and found his e-mail address and I  sent him a message which he replied to  the same day , a very friendly message from such a busy man

“…….. I  left Sheerness at that time and have not lived there since  clearly well over 50 years ……..   “

 

 He was on the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments which was set up by the then  Prime Minister in 1975 to advise him on applications from the most senior Crown servants .The Committee advises the Foreign Secretary on applications from senior diplomats

 

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering  in 1994

He was awarded the GBE in 1994 and the KCB in 1990

In 2001 he was made Admiral of the United Kingdom

As Chairman of The Mary Rose Trust he was presented with the original search chart of the sea  area  by the two who carried out the dive. (www.flagship.org.uk/news.htm )

 

He was on the Board of  The White Ensign Association an Admiralty Board endorsed Naval Charity set up to assist all ranks from Ordinary Seaman to Admiral , serving and retired, with advice and guidance  on all personal and professional matters

He served on many ships from 1965 - 1971 including, Victorious, Eagle , Collingwood , Bristol, Ark Royal etc. and from  1971-1972 he worked on Defence Communications Network.

From 1978—81 he was with the MoD, and he was The Director of Torpedoes 1983-85and also the Dir- Gen of  Underwater Weapons 1985 - 1987 and then in  1987-89 he was the Flag Officer for Portsmouth  and Naval Base Commander.

He was  The Controller of the Royal Navy and from 1989 – 94 and he was responsible for reporting to the Admiralty Board on Royal Naval procurement and safety issues. He was also a Director of Defence Logistics Organisation in his role as Director General (Nuclear)

( It is interesting to note that in 1901 the Controller of the Navy Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson V.C. described submarines as “ underhand, unfair and dammed un-English.They’ll never be any use in war and I’ll tell you why I’m going to get the First Sea Lord to announce that we intend to treat all submarines as pirate vessels in wartime and that we will hang all the crews )

 

Admiral John Jellicoe was also The Controller of the Royal Navy as was The 1st Lord Fisher of Kilverstone .                                                           There were very many distinguished Controllers including Henry Bradwardine Jackson, G.C.B.,  K.C.B., K.C.V.O.,

 

Kenneth was the Chairman of UKAEA. 1996 - 2002

And as the Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority the principal activity of which was  to manage nuclear liabilities and our associated responsibilities in a way which is safe and secure, environmentally responsible , value for money , and publicly acceptable .As a non-executive member in 2001-2002 his emolument was £30,000   for 2001, and also £30,000  in 2002

 

From 1995 – 1999 he was the Chairman of Guys and St.Thomas’ NHS Trust and from 1995 – 2001 he was with The National Remote Sensing Centre .

 

 

His recreations are the Countryside ,theatre , opera, and classical music.