Alister Francis Beal

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Vice-Admiral Alister Francis Beal, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. (21 March, 1875 – 18 October, 1962) was an officer in the Royal Navy

Life & Career

Upon passing out of Britannia in July, 1890, he'd gained seven months' time for his performance, and was appointed to the armoured cruiser Immortalité in the Channel Squadron on 22 July. He was then appointed to Warspite, additional, in the Pacific, but displayed such disobedience and neglect of duty en route in Garnet that he lost two months time as punishment. His time in Warspite ended when she paid off on 24 June, 1893. Beal's evaluation from Captain Lambton noted, "G[ood] physique, rather lazy, improving."[1]

Beal was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December, 1896 and was re-appointed to Volage in the Training Squadron.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1908.[3]

Beal was commander of Princess Royal when she was commissioned at Devonport on 14 November, 1912 under Captain Osmond de B. Brock.[4]

Great War

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1915.[5]

He was appointed in command of the light cruiser Weymouth in February, 1918.[6]

He was made Captain of light cruiser Chatham in July 1923 when she was loaned to the New Zealand Station, becoming Commodore Commanding the New Zealand Division in August 1923.[7]

He retired on 24 November, 1926 and was advanced to Vice-Admiral on the Retired List, dated 1 April, 1931.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Thomas E. Wardle
Captain of H.M.S. Lowestoft
Jan, 1918 – Feb, 1918
Succeeded by
The Hon. Bertram T. C. O. Freeman Mitford
Preceded by
The Hon. Bertram T. C. O. Freeman Mitford
Captain of H.M.S. Weymouth
Feb, 1918[9][10] – 27 Mar, 1919[11]
Succeeded by
Alister F. Beal
Preceded by
Alister F. Beal
Captain of H.M.S. Weymouth
24 Mar, 1920[12]c. Aug, 1921[13]
Succeeded by
Douglas B. Le Mottée
Preceded by
Charles D. Burke
Deputy Director of Operations Division
2 Sep, 1921[14] – 12 Jul, 1923[15]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Layton
Preceded by
The Hon. Alexander R. M. Ramsay
Captain of H.M.S. Dunedin
12 Jul, 1923[16] – Aug, 1926[17]
Succeeded by
George T. C. P. Swabey
Preceded by
Alan G. Hotham
Captain of H.M.S. Chatham
Jul, 1923[18]
Succeeded by
Noel F. Laurence

Footnotes

  1. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  2. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 6.
  4. Notes on the event contained in Albert Francis Barclay Bridges papers at The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum. [BRG 1/1]
  5. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 948.
  7. Royal Navy Appointments
  8. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 948.
  10. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  11. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  12. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  13. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  14. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  15. Beal Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/54. f. 62.
  16. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 297.
  17. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  18. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.