Commander HE The Chevalier Geoff Fosberry RN
January 5th 1929 - 30th April 2021


Geoff was born on January 5th 1929 and joined the Royal Navy in the late 1940s.

He was an instructor at Dartmouth, initially training cadets and subsequently training officers in navigation.

He was married in 1950 to Mavis Parker and they had two children – Lindsay and Tim.

In 1959 he did a meteorology course at the Naval Meteorology School at Dale, West of Milford Haven, to qualify as an RN Met Officer.

He did a long tour of the Far East on an aircraft carrier. He did another sea appointment following this.

He was involved in the Christmas Island nuclear tests in the late 50s and early 60s.

In 1964 he was appointed as O in C of the Pilot Anti-Submarine Warfare Environmental System. This was in the basement of the Old Admiralty Building and shared space with the Fleet Weather Centre.

In late 1965 he was promoted to Commander and sent to Malta in the national post of Fleet Meteorological Officer Mediterranean Fleet, and in the NATO post as Chief Met and Oceanographic officer to COMNAVSOUTH. His office was in the Lascaris War Rooms in Valletta.

Geoff followed an intensive Italian language course in Italy which enabled him to become a qualified RN interpreter, and he was called on when high powered military were visiting Malta.

In 1972 he finished a tour of duty as Senior Met Officer at Yeovilton.

He then took early retirement from the RN and settled in Yeovil where he successively set up two language schools. When he reached 60 he retired and with his second wife Alda, who was previously a student at his language school, moved to Malta.

In 1994 he joined the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus and became a member of the Commandery later the Grand Commandery of the Castello, based at Castello Lanzun in Mensija.

He became Chancellor of the Commandery, and shortly afterwards, Commander. He also took on the role of Grand Chancellor of the Order and had a great influence in shaping its future. Geoff was one of the most highly decorated members and was made a Knight Grand Cross and awarded the Grand Collar, which is the highest decoration that can be bestowed on any member. The number of Grand Collars is restricted to twelve living members.

He served on both the Grand Executive Committee and Grand Magistral Council before taking a step back a few years ago.

Following Alda’s death in 2012, he married again. He and Ionica subsequently set up a second home in Romania, where he passed away after a short illness.

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