Bertram Sackville Thesiger

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Admiral SIR Bertram Sackville Thesiger, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G. (14 January, 1875 – 12 May, 1966) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Thesiger was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant dated 14 April, 1895.[1]

Thesiger was promoted to Commander on 1 January, 1905.[2]

He was appointed to Wildfire for command of Sheerness Depot. on 1 July, 1908. He left this post to take up command of Scylla on 13 January, 1909. He would command Scylla until, 24 May, 1911 on the Western Indies Station.[3]

Thesiger was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1912.[4]

He attended the Royal Navy War College from 3 March 1913, placing second of nine captains.

Having just completed the War Course at Portsmouth, he was appointed to Pembroke for command of the War College at Chatham on 12 April, 1913.[5]

Thesiger was lent to Pembroke to assist in trials of Arethusa and was to take command of her upon commissioning.[6]

He was appointed command of the light cruiser Inconstant on 25 October, 1914,[7] through the Battle of Jutland.[8]

He was appointed command of the battlecruiser Inflexible on 21 August, 1917,[9] and of the light cruiser Calypso in November, 1917,[10] staying with her at least through the surrender of the German fleet.

Thesiger had a late command stint in King George V, being appointed on 26 October, 1920.[11]

World War II

Thesiger was appointed to Eaglet additional for work with the Liverpool Convoy Pool on 14 March, 1940, serving as a Commodore, Second Class in the Royal Naval Reserve.

On 9 June, 1942, he was appointed to Forte additional as Flag Officer in Charge of Falmouth, serving with the rank of a Rear-Admiral. He was superseded in this role on 1 March, 1944. He was superseded by Vice-Admiral George Frederick Basset Edward-Collins on 31 May, 1944 and was reverted to the Retired List the next day.[12]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Adml. Sir Bertram Thesiger" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 14 May, 1966. Issue 56631, col G, p. 12.
  • Thesiger, Commander Bertram S., R.N. (1906). Queries in Seamsnhip: A Collection of typical questions in the various items of a Midshipman's Seamanship Examination. Portsmouth: Griffin & Co..

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Crawford Maclachlan
Captain of H.M.S. Scylla
13 Jan, 1909[13][14] – 24 May, 1911[15]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Oscar M. Makins
Captain of H.M.S. Ocean
8 Aug, 1911[16][17] – 11 Jan, 1913[18]
Succeeded by
Reginald A. Norton
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Arethusa
May, 1914[19] – Aug, 1914[20]
Succeeded by
Barry E. Domvile
Preceded by
Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt
Captain of H.M.S. Amethyst
Aug, 1914[21] – 24 Oct, 1914[22]
Succeeded by
George J. Todd
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Inconstant
25 Oct, 1914[23][24] – 21 Aug, 1917[25]
Succeeded by
Francis A. Marten
Preceded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Captain of H.M.S. Inflexible
21 Aug, 1917[26][27] – Nov, 1917[28]
Succeeded by
James R. P. Hawksley
Preceded by
Arthur J. Davies
Captain of H.M.S. Calypso
Nov, 1917[29][30] – Sep, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
Claude Seymour
Preceded by
New Command
Second in Command, Sixth Light Cruiser Squadron
Nov, 1917[32] – Sep, 1919[33]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Robert C. Hamilton
Captain of H.M.S. King George V
26 Oct, 1920[34][35] – Dec, 1922[36]
Succeeded by
John L. Pearson
Preceded by
Edmund P. F. G. Grant
Admiral Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard
13 Jan, 1925[37] – 13 May, 1927[38]
Succeeded by
Leonard A. B. Donaldson
Preceded by
Walter M. Ellerton
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
5 Oct, 1927[39] – 10 Nov, 1929[40]
Succeeded by
Eric J. A. Fullerton

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26618. p. 2353. 23 April, 1895.
  2. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  3. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  4. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  5. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  6. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395.
  8. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp42-46.
  9. The Navy List. (November, 1916). p. 394r.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 748.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 797.
  12. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 179.
  13. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  14. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 373.
  15. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  16. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 350.
  18. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  19. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  20. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  21. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  22. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395j.
  24. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  25. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394r.
  27. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  28. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  29. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 748.
  30. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  31. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  32. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  33. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 472.
  34. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 797.
  35. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 179.
  36. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 179.
  37. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 179.
  38. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 179.
  39. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 179.
  40. Thesiger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 179.