Arthur John Davies

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Admiral SIR Arthur John Davies, K.B.E., C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (26 September, 1877 – 13 December, 1954) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Davies was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 15 January, 1899.[1]

Davies was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1909.[2]

Davies was appointed as Flag Commander in Exmouth on 1 July, 1912 and transferred with Vice Admiral Briggs to Dreadnought on 17 December. On 1 July, 1914, he went to H.M.S. Excellent for War Staff Duties.[3]

He served as gunnery officer in Tiger from 16 December, 1914 before being superseded on 5 January, 1916, as he had been promoted to Captain 31 December, 1915.[4]

In May 1917, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Cassandra.[5]

He was appointed in command of Lion in May, 1918.[6]

Davies was appointed in command of King George V on 18 March, 1919.[7]

On 20 September, 1920, he was appointed Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.[8]

Davies was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King on 8 July, 1926,[9] as Commodore, First Class.[10] On 25 October, he was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral, vice Kelly.[11]

World War II

As a retired Admiral, Davies was called up to help manage convoy operations, and was mentioned in dispatches on 20 August, 1943 for his "outstanding devotion to duty during three years arduous services as Commodore of Ocean Convoys." He reverted to the Retired List on 22 May, 1944. His death on 13 December, 1954 was attributed in part to "myocardial degeneration."[12]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir Arthur Davies" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 15 December, 1954. Issue 53115, col E, pg. 10.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Kangaroo
16 Jul, 1901[13] – 14 Aug, 1901[14]
Succeeded by
Charles E. W. Pyddoke
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Cassandra
15 May, 1917[15] – May, 1918[16]
Succeeded by
Edward C. Kennedy
Preceded by
Herbert L. Edwards
Captain of H.M.S. Calypso
Nov, 1917[17]
Succeeded by
Bertram S. Thesiger
Preceded by
Hugh F. P. Sinclair
Captain of H.M.S. Lion
May, 1918[18]
Succeeded by
Wilfred Tomkinson
Preceded by
Alexander V. Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. King George V
22 Mar, 1919[19]
Succeeded by
Robert C. Hamilton
Preceded by
Alexander Lowndes
Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel
30 Sep, 1920[20] – 18 Aug, 1922[21]
Succeeded by
Theodore J. Hallett
Preceded by
Francis H. Mitchell
Captain of H.M.S. Excellent
18 Aug, 1922[22] – 15 Aug, 1924[23]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Matthew R. Best
Preceded by
Cyril T. M. Fuller
Chief of Staff to C-in-C, Atlantic Fleet
15 Aug, 1926[24] – 15 Aug, 1927[25]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Lionel G. Preston
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Third Cruiser Squadron
17 Dec, 1928[26] – Jan, 1931[27]
Succeeded by
Barry E. Domvile

 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 27043. p. 298. 17 January, 1899.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 28325. p. 29. 4 January, 1910.
  3. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  4. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  5. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 832.
  7. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 17 March, 1919. Issue 42050, col F, p. 21.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 1812.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 33182. p. 4634. 13 July, 1926.
  10. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 33221. p. 7406. 16 November, 1926.
  12. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  13. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  14. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 275a.
  15. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 392f.
  16. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  17. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  18. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 832.
  19. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 825.
  20. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  21. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  22. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  23. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  24. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  25. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  26. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  27. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.