LAYARD, Adm. Sir Michael (Henry Gordon) KCB 1993; CBE 1982; Second Sea Lord, and Chief of Naval Personnel (Member of Admiralty Board, Defence Council), 1993-95; Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, 1994-95; Flat Aide-de-Camp to the Queen, 1994-95; born in Sri Lanka, 3 Jan. 1936; son of late Edwin Henry Frederick and Doris Christian Gordon (nee Spence); married in 1966 to Elspeth Horsley Fisher, two sons. Educated Pangbourne Coll.; R.M. Coll., Dartmouth. Joined RN, 1954; specialised in aviation, 1958; Fighter Pilot, 1960-72; Air Warfare Instructor, 1964; Commanded: 899 Naval Air Sqn, in HMS Eagle, 1970-71; HMS Lincoln, 1971-72; ndc, 1974-75; Directorate, Naval Air Warfare, MoD, 1975-77; Comdr (Air), HMS Ark Royal, 1977-78; CSO (Air), FONAC, 1979-82; Sen. Naval Officer, SS Atlantic Conveyor, Falklands conflict, 1982 (CBE); Commanded: RNAS Culdrose, 1982-84; HMS Cardiff, 1984-85; Task Gp Comdr, Persian Gulf, 1984; Dep. Dir, Naval Warfare (Air), MoD, 1985-88; Flag Officer Naval Aviation (formerley Air Comd), 1988-90; Dir Gen., Naval Manpower and Tmg, 1990-92; Leader of RB Officers Study Gp, MoD, 1992-93; Adm. Pres., RNC, Greenwich, 1993-94. Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State, 1997 -. Non-exec Dir, Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust, 1996-2000. Trustee, FAA Mus., 1995 -. Mem. FAA Officers' Assoc., 1964 -; Member Council: white Ensign Assoc., 1996 - (chm., 1996-99); Royal Patriotic Fund, 1995 -. Governor: Pangbourne Coll., 1995 -; King's Coll., Taunton, 1997 -; King's Hall, Taunton, 1997 -. Chevalier Bretvin, 1984. Freeman, City of London, 1994. Recreations: painting, sailing, music, history, collecting experiences. Clubs: Royal Navy of 1765 and 1785; Royal Naval Sailing Association; Royal Navy Golfing Society (Pres, 1988-94). Taken from Who's Who 2003
Old Pangbournian. Senior Naval Officer on board the Cunard Freighter ATLANTIC CONVEYOR, until it was sunk by two Exocet missiles on the evening of May 25th, 1982.