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(John) Paul Wellington Furse

(1904-1978), Rear-Admiral

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(John) Paul Wellington Furse

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x89306

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Edwin Roberts

05 September 2019, 19:57

The RHS Lindley Library has a number of photos of John Paul Furse and his wife, as well as some of his original water colours of plants.

Katherine Tyrrell

23 August 2019, 13:58

Born 1904; educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne, Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham, Leicestershire; commissioned into RN, 1918; served in HM Submarines, 1927-1939; service on HMS DOLPHIN, submarine depot ship, 1932-1935; HMS MEDWAY, 4 Submarine Flotilla, China, 1937-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Senior Engineering Officer, HMS SANDHURST, UK, 1939; Assistant Naval Attach, Europe and the Americas, 1940-1943; served with 5 and 6 Submarine Flotillas, 1943-1946; awarded OBE, 1946; Admiralty, 1947; Chief Staff Officer, HMS CONDOR, Royal Naval Air Station, Arbroath, Angus, 1951; Director of Aircraft Maintenance and Repair, Admiralty, 1955-1958; awarded CB, 1958; Director General of the Aircraft Department, Admiralty, 1958-1959; retired 1959; botanical expeditions to Turkey and Iran, 1960, 1962, and to Afghanistan, 1964 and 1966; awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society, 1965; died 1978.
A Rear-Admiral, Furse retired from the Royal Navy in 1959. He made several trips to Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia and Afghanistan collecting bulbs many of which he brought back to RHS Wisley. Vice-Chairman of the RHS Lily group, he was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1965.

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