Bertram Mordaunt Chambers

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Admiral Bertram M. Chambers, 1919.
© National Portrait Gallery, London.

Admiral Bertram Mordaunt Chambers, C.B., R.N., Retired (3 October, 1866 – 27 April, 1945) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

At the examination for naval cadetships Chambers placed twenty-seventh out of thirty-seven successful candidates.[1]

Chambers was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1889.[2]

Chambers was awarded the Shadwell Testimonial prize of 1894 for a plan of Peaquara[?] Channel, Callao.[3]

Chambers was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1900.[4]

Chambers was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1905,[5] and soon thereafter underwent a Signals Course and a War Course in Portsmouth, finishing in June of 1906.

Chambers was appointed Captain of battleship Bulwark on 12 February, 1907,[6] serving as Flag Captain

On 6 November 1908, he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Talbot.[7]

He was appointed captain of battleship Majestic and a group of ships in IV Division from 2 August, 1910 until being superseded on 24 February of the following year.[8]

He was then loaned to the Australian government for some time.[9]

On 1 July 1912, Chambers was appointed in command of the corvette Encounter. He was superseded there in February, 1913.[10]

Great War

Chambers served as captain of Illustrious from August through October of 1914.

In October, he was appointed to command the armoured cruiser Roxburgh, remaining with her until April 1915.

Chambers was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 27 April, 1917. He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 28 April.[11] On 19 July he was appointed to President as P.C.O. & S.N.O. Escorts Halifax (Principal Convoy Officer and Senior Naval Officer, Escorts, Halifax) based at Sydney, Nova Scotia.[12] He arrived at Sydney on 3 August, 1917.[13]

In September, 1918, he and his staff were transferred to Quebec.[14]

Writing in The Naval Review in 1920, Chambers wrote:

The writer, now retired, considers that he received, very fully, the reward of his deserts, but he thinks that he could have done better and more valuable work for his country had his energies been directed into channels more in co~nformity with his talents.[15]

Retirement

Chambers was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 1 May, 1922,[16] and to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 8 November, 1926.[17]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Bertram Chambers" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 28 April, 1945. Issue 50129, col E, p. 6.
  • [Chambers] (February 1920). "Advocating a Better Classification of Abilities". The Naval Review VIII (No. 1): pp. 53-56.
  • [Chambers] (August 1920). "Halifax Explosion". The Naval Review VIII (No. 3): pp. 445-457.
  • Chambers, Admiral B. M. (1927). Salt Junk: Naval Reminiscences, 1881-1906. London: Constable & Co Ltd.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur Hayes-Sadler
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
3 Jan, 1907[18] – 3 Jan, 1908[19]
Succeeded by
Sidney T. Stephens
Preceded by
Osmond de B. Brock
Captain of H.M.S. Bulwark
12 Feb, 1907[20][21]
Succeeded by
Arthur C. Leveson
Preceded by
Bentinck J. D. Yelverton
Captain of H.M.S. Talbot
6 Nov, 1908[22][23] – 24 May, 1910[24]
Succeeded by
George B. Hutton
Preceded by
Herbert A. S. Fyler
Captain of H.M.S. Majestic
2 Aug, 1910[25] – 24 Feb, 1911[26]
Succeeded by
George H. Borrett
Preceded by
Spencer A. Hickley
Captain of H.M.S. Encounter
1 Jul, 1912[27] – Feb, 1913[28]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Smith
Preceded by
Richard Webb
Captain of H.M.S. Illustrious
1 Aug, 1914[29] – 31 Oct, 1914[30]
Succeeded by
John E. Drummond
Preceded by
Sydney S. Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Roxburgh
31 Oct, 1914[31] – 27 Apr, 1915[32]
Succeeded by
Cunningham R. de C. Foot
Preceded by
Arthur G. M. Meredyth
Captain of H.M.S. Imperieuse
27 Jul, 1915[33] – 28 Jun, 1917[34]
Succeeded by
Basil H. Fanshawe
 

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 25 June, 1879. Issue 29603, col E, p. 7.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25917. p. 1865. 2 April, 1889.
  3. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27870. p. 25. 2 January, 1906.
  6. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 11 February, 1907. Issue 38253, col E, p. 6.
  7. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  8. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  9. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 14.
  10. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 30042. p. 4095. 1 May, 1917.
  12. ADM 196/42. f. 201.
  13. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 408.
  14. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 201.
  15. "Advocating a Better Classification of Abilities". p. 55.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 32695. p. 3625. 9 May, 1922.
  17. The London Gazette: no. 33222. p. 7477. 19 November, 1926.
  18. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  19. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  20. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 11 February, 1907. Issue 38253, col E, p. 6.
  21. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  22. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  23. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 381.
  24. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  25. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  26. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  27. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  28. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  29. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  30. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  31. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  32. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.
  33. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395i.
  34. Chambers Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 407.