OVENS, Patrick John

Rank: 
Major General
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Died : 
Saturday, January 29, 1994
Lt PJ Ovens

Lieut. Ovens served at the CBTC and is shown in a photo entitled "Commando Basic Training Centre - Officers Mess - 1945."  He joined 46RM Commando shortly before it was disbanded.

Post war he served as a Captain with 41 Independent Commando RM in Korea being awarded the Military Cross in 1951 for " gallant and distinguished service".  [1]

In 1968 the then Lieutenant Colonel Ovens MC, Officer Commanding 41 Commando RM was appointed OBE.  This appointment was for his command of 41 Commando but especially for  the period that he and his Commando were engaged in the Torrey Canyon oil tanker spillage disaster off the coast of Cornwall. [2 + 5]

Colonel (Brigadier) P. J. Ovens OBE, MC, was appointed an Aide-de-Camp to The QUEEN with effect from 17th July 1972. [3]

In 1974 Colonel (Brigadier) P. J. Ovens OBE, MC was promoted Major General RM. [4]

He was Chief of Staff to the Commandant General RM in the mid 70's before taking up his final role as Commandant of the Joint Warfare Establishment from 1976 to 1979. [5]

Major General P. J. OVENS, O.B.E., M.C., to Retired List, on the 2nd April 1979. [6]

Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39230, page 2749.
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 44600, page 6303.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 45712, page 7682. 
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 46212, page 2215. 
[5] His son Jeremy Ovens (Commander(Rtd) RN)
[6] London Gazettes Supp. 47809, page 4434. 
 

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