Barry Domvile

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Admiral Sir Barry Edward Domvile KBE CB CMG (1878–1971) was a distinguished germanophile Royal Navy officer who turned into a leading British patriotic activist and opponent of World War II (for which he was persecuted and incarcerated). During his navy career he was assistant secretary on the Imperial Defence Committee, Director of Naval Intelligence (1927–1930) and President of the Royal Naval College (1932–1934).


Domvile was the son of Admiral Sir Compton Domvile and followed his father into the Royal Navy as soon as he was old enough. Before World War I he was Assistant Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence, and during the war he commanded destroyers and cruisers in the fleet out of Harwich. After the war he became Director of Plans, and Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Mediterranean Fleet before becoming, in 1925, Commander of the battleship HMS Royal Sovereign.

He was appointed Director of British Naval Intelligence from 1927 to 1930, then commanded the Third Cruiser Squadron until 1932 following which he was made President of the Royal Naval College. Domvile was considered for posts further up in the Royal Navy but lost out and retired in 1936.

Domvile visited Germany in 1935, and being impressed by many aspects of the National Socialist government was invited to attend the Nuremberg Rally of September 1936 as a guest of Joachim von Ribbentrop, then German Ambassador in London. Domvile became a council member of the Anglo-German Fellowship, and founded the Anglo-German organisation The Link. He supported St.John Philby, the British Peoples Party candidate in the Hythe Parliamentary by-election of 1939; and visited Salzburg that summer.

In June 1940 his mistress, Mrs. Olive Baker, was arrested for distributing leaflets in favour of being able to listen to German radio broadcasts to Britain. She tried to commit suicide while on remand, but was sentenced to five years imprisonment.[1]

Due to his opposition to a second world war, Domvile was interned during World War II under the outrageous Defence Regulation 18B from 7 July, 1940 to 29 July, 1943. His experience of internment increased his opposition to what he described as "the Judaeo-Masonic combination, which has wielded such a baneful influence in world history".

Domvile was a prolific diarist. When his internment was imminent he hid the latest (56th) volume of his diaries in his garden where it was not discovered by the authorities. After his death the diaries were deposited in the Royal Naval College where they are an important source for the activities of British anti-war sympathizers in the period between the outbreak of war and the mass internments (which amongst others included Sir Oswald Mosley and his family) in May 1940.


  • From that time onwards I had a strong suspicion that there was some mysterious power at work behind the scenes controlling the actions of the figures visibly taking part in the government of the country. I had not the least idea whence this power emanated, nor could I gauge its influence. I was in far too humble a position to make such lofty discoveries. Still, the feeling persisted. We always vaguely referred to this hidden control amongst ourselves as 'The Treasury.'
  • This mysterious power I christened Judmas, because, as I discovered at a much later date, its source is the Judaeo-Masonic combination, which has wielded such a baneful influence in world history for many centuries.
  • I have no regrets whatever for undertaking the voyage, as I should always have reproached myself if I had failed to do my utmost to draw attention to the contemplated betrayal of all true British interests. It is a matter for deep regret, however, that my misgivings have been only too completely justified by the passage of events.

Awards and decorations (excerpt)

  • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Companion of the Order of the Bath
  • Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

Domvile as author

  • From Admiral to Cabin Boy (1947; the cabin referred to is his cell at Brixton prison during his internment) ISBN 0-89562-099-5
  • Look to Your Moat (A history of British naval and merchant seamen)
  • The Great Taboo: Freemasonry
  • Straight from the Jew's Mouth
  • Truth about Anti-Semitism

See also

External links


  1. Gottlieb, Julie, V., Feminine Fascism, ISBN 1860649181