Berwick Curtis

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Vice-Admiral Berwick Curtis, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., Royal Navy (9 October, 1876 – 9 May, 1965) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Curtis was born in Croyden.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1898.[1]

Curtis was appointed in command of the destroyer Ardent on 28 August, 1909.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 22 June, 1911.[3]

Curtis was appointed in command of the destroyers Desperate and Derwent on 5 July, 1913.[4]

Great War

Curtis appointed in command of the flotilla leader Abdiel on 3 February, 1916 through the end of the war,[5] commanding her at the Battle of Jutland.[6]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1916.[7]

He was appointed Captain (D) of the Twentieth Destroyer Flotilla on 5 March, 1918 and oversaw their participation in Operation ZZ.

Post-War

Curtis was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1919.[8]

Curtis was appointed in command of the depot ship Columbine on 20 November, 1919,[9] though the ship would be sold in the coming year.

He was appointed in command of Emperor of India in October, 1925.

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 January, 1928.[10]

He was appointed Rear-Admiral in Charge and Admiral-Superintendent of Gibraltar Dockyard in 1929, remaining there for two years.

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 23 September, 1932 and placed on the Retired List on 24 September, 1932 under the provisions of the Order in Council of 9 March, 1914, having not hoisted his flag at sea.[11]

World War II

Curtis was made a Commodore of Convoy as part of the Liverpool Convoy Pool on 10 October, 1940. He served for a year and requested that he be returned to the Retired List. In light of this request, he reverted to the Retired List on 11 September, 1941.[12]

Bibliography

  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 11 May, 1965. Issue 56318, col E, pg. 14.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Lewis W. Braithwaite
Captain of H.M.S. Hornet
11 Jul, 1905[13][14] – 12 Mar, 1908[15]
Succeeded by
Frederick W. Law
Preceded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Captain of H.M.S. Locust
12 Mar, 1908[16][17] – 26 Aug, 1909[18]
Succeeded by
Hamilton C. Allen
Preceded by
Herbert M. Denny
Captain of H.M.S. Ardent
28 Aug, 1909[19][20] – May, 1911[21]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George W. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. Chelmer
10 Jun, 1911[22] – 29 Aug, 1911[23]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Dickens
Preceded by
Herbert A. Adam
Captain of H.M.S. Dido
1 Feb, 1912[24] – 23 Aug, 1912[25]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Coppinger
Preceded by
Claude L. Cumberlege
Captain of H.M.S. Kale
23 Aug, 1912[26][27] – Jun, 1913[28]
Succeeded by
Berwick Curtis
Preceded by
Owen T. H. Phillips
Captain of H.M.S. Desperate
5 Jul, 1913[29] – 16 Dec, 1913[30]
Succeeded by
George E. Casley
Preceded by
Alexander G. Fleming
Captain of H.M.S. Derwent
5 Jul, 1913[31] – Jun, 1914[32]
Succeeded by
William H. S. S. Thomson
Preceded by
Berwick Curtis
Captain of H.M.S. Kale
Jun, 1914[33][34] – 6 Sep, 1915[35]
Succeeded by
Henry Haire-Forster
Preceded by
George P. England
Captain of H.M.S. Laurel
6 Sep, 1915[36] – 3 Feb, 1916[37]
Succeeded by
Henry D. C. Stanistreet
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Abdiel
3 Feb, 1916[38][39] – Sep, 1919[40]
Succeeded by
Basil E. Reinold
Preceded by
?
Captain (D), Twentieth Destroyer Flotilla
5 Mar, 1918[41] – Sep, 1919[42]
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Archer
Preceded by
Charles A. Fountaine
Captain of H.M.S. Columbine
20 Nov, 1919[43][44] – 20 Nov, 1921[45]
Succeeded by
Arthur K. Macrorie
Preceded by
Gordon Campbell
Captain of Training Ship H.M.S. Impregnable
22 Aug, 1922[46] – 25 Aug, 1924[47]
Succeeded by
Thomas J. S. Lyne
Preceded by
Frederick P. Loder-Symonds
Captain of H.M.S. Emperor of India
mid Oct, 1925[48] – 1 Jan, 1927[49]
Succeeded by
Cecil H. Pilcher
Preceded by
Cyril S. Townsend
as Rear-Admiral in Charge, Gibraltar
Rear-Admiral in Charge & Admiral Superintendent, Gibraltar
22 Mar, 1929[50] – 30 Mar, 1931[51]
Succeeded by
Thomas N. James
 

Footnotes

  1. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 279.
  3. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 300c.
  5. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 721.
  6. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 45.
  7. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 106. 1 January, 1919.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1919). p. 749.
  10. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  11. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  12. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 250.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 328.
  14. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  15. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  16. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  17. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 341.
  18. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 279.
  20. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  21. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  22. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  23. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  24. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  25. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  26. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 335.
  27. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  28. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  29. The Navy List. (November, 1913). p. 300c.
  30. Superseded by George E. Casley.
  31. The Navy List. (November, 1913). p. 300c.
  32. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  33. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395f.
  34. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  35. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  36. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  37. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  38. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 721.
  39. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  40. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  41. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  42. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  43. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 749.
  44. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  45. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  46. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  47. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  48. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  49. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  50. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.
  51. Curtis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/262. f. 262.