Cecil Frederick Dampier

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Admiral Cecil F. Dampier, as a Rear-Admiral, 1918.
© National Portrait Gallery, London.

Admiral Cecil Frederick Dampier, C.M.G., R.N., Retired (11 May, 1868 – 11 April, 1950) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Dampier scored 1,261 marks in the competitive examinations for cadetships in the Royal Navy, coming fifth out of his batch of twenty.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1900.[2]

Dampier was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1904.[3]

In March 1906, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Hermione.[4]

He was appointed in command of the new armoured cruiser Defence on 16 November, 1908.[5]

He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V dated 23 June, 1913, vice Eyres.[6]

Great War

He was in command of Audacious when she struck a mine and was lost.

On 1 January, 1915, Dampier was appointed Commodore, First Class as Admiral of the Training Service, a temporary appointment.[7] He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 18 February, 1915, vice Allenby.[8] On 13 January, 1916, he was appointed President of the Court Martial convened to enquire into the loss of the armoured cruiser Natal, and he hoisted his flag in the Aurora for this purpose on 17 January. He struck his flag on 20 January.[9]

Dampier was appointed Admiral Superintendent of Dover Dockyard, and in charge of Shore Establishments and King's Harbour Master at Dover, on 18 June, 1917.[10] On 1 June, 1918, he was appointed Rear-Admiral of Controlled Minefields, with his flag in the Surf. He took up the appointment on 2 June.[11]

Post-War

Dampier was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 2 August, 1919, vice Palmer.[12] He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 July, 1922.[13]

He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 31 July, 1924.[14]

Dampier died on 11 April, 1950 at Bishop's Waltham at the age of eighty-two.[15] His funeral took place at St. Peter's, Bishop's Waltham, Hants. on Friday, 14 April. The Reverend F. H. Sargeant officiated, assisted by the Right Reverend A. L. Kitching, Assistant Bishop of Portsmouth.[16]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral C. F. Dampier" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 13 April, 1950. Issue 51664, col F, p. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Joseph R. Bridson
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
22 Mar, 1906[17] – 30 Apr, 1908[18]
Succeeded by
Cuthbert E. Hunter
Preceded by
Thomas W. Kemp
Captain of H.M.S. Defence
16 Nov, 1908[19][20] – 12 Jan, 1911[21]
Succeeded by
Henry H. Bruce
Preceded by
Arthur W. Waymouth
Naval Member of the Ordnance Board
12 Jan, 1911[22] – 30 May, 1913[23]
Succeeded by
Cuthbert E. Hunter
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Audacious
30 May, 1913[24] – 27 Oct, 1914
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Dudley R. S. de Chair
Admiral of the Training Service
1 Jan, 1915[25]
Succeeded by
Cecil S. Hickley
Preceded by
Sydney R. Fremantle
Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Third Battle Squadron
13 Mar, 1916[26] – 14 Mar, 1917[27]
Succeeded by
Douglas R. L. Nicholson
Preceded by
Heathcoat S. Grant
as Senior Officer, Dover
Admiral Superintendent of H.M. Dockyard, etc., at Dover
18 Jun, 1917[28] – 1 Jun, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
Bertram H. Ramsay
as Flag Officer-in-Charge, Dover
Preceded by
Sir Roger J. B. Keyes
Vice-Admiral, Dover Patrol
20 Mar, 1919[30] – 15 Oct, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 27 June, 1881. Issue 30231, col E, p. 8.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January, 1900.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27632. p. 25. 1 January, 1904.
  4. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  5. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 28733. p. 4640. 1 July, 1913.
  7. Dampier Service Record. p. 497.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 29084. p. 1978. 26 February, 1915.
  9. Ibid.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1917). p. 4.
  11. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). p. 3.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 31495. p. 10089. 8 August, 1919.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 32728. p. 5201. 11 July, 1922.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 32962. p. 5889. 5 August, 1924.
  15. "Admiral C. F. Dampier" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 13 April, 1950. Issue 51664, col F, p. 7.
  16. "Funerals" (Deaths). The Times. Saturday, 15 April, 1950. Issue 51666, col B, p. 8.
  17. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  18. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 299.
  20. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  21. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  22. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  23. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  24. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  25. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  26. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 4.
  27. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  28. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  29. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  30. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. f. 36.
  31. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.