Charles Cooper Penrose FitzGerald

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Admiral Charles Cooper Penrose FitzGerald, Royal Navy (30 April, 1841 – 11 August, 1921) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

FitzGerald was appointed in command of the frigate Inconstant 24 August, 1880, as Flag Captain to Rear-Admiral The Earl of Clanwilliam, commanding the Detached Squadron for Particular Service.[1] He left this command on 16 November, 1882.[2]

Appointed as captain of Inflexible from 18 July 1889 to 19 September, 1889.[3]

He was appointed in command of the second class battleship Collingwood on 7 November, 1889.[4]

Fitzgerald was appointed Captain Superintendent of Pembroke Royal Dockyard on 28 January, 1893, commanding this facility first from the deck of the Bellerophon from that date, and transferring to the Rupert on 5 July, 1893. He left Rupert and the Dockyard on 23 March, 1895.[5]

Flag Rank

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 20 February, 1895, vice Kerr.[6] He gave up his command at Sheerness on 23 March and went on Half Pay. On 27 October, 1897, he was appointed Second-in-Command on the China Station. His flag was hoisted in President on that date, and transferred to Edgar on 3 November.

He handed over duties to Rear-Admiral James A. T. Bruce on 23 December, 1899, and struck his flag in Barfleur on 4 January, 1900. He arrived back in England on 3 February.

He was appointed President of the Committee on Torpedo Boat Destroyers on 15 March, 1902 vice Rawson. Also about 1902, he was appointed to the Committee respecting Subsidies to British Steam Ship Companies.[7]

FitzGerald was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 20 February, 1905, vice Seymour.[8] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, he was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, on 3 March.[9]

Two sons fought in the Battle of Jutland: Robert as gunnery officer of the light cruiser Birkenhead and John as torpedo officer in Collingwood.[10]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "A Naval Veteran" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 12 August, 1921. Issue 42797, col D, p. 11.
  • FitzGerald, Rear-Admiral C. C. P. (17 January, 1896). "Boat Sailing in the Navy". The Navy & Army Illustrated Vol. I (No. 2). pp. 49-50.
  • FitzGerald, Rear-Admiral C. C. Penrose (1898). Life of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon. London: William Blackwood and Sons.
  • FitzGerald, Admiral C. C. Penrose (1913). Memories of the Sea. London: Edward Arnold.
  • FitzGerald, Admiral C. C. Penrose (1916). From Sail to Steam: Naval Recollections 1878-1905. London: Edward Arnold.
  • Gordon, Andrew (2005). The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command. London: John Murray (Publishers). ISBN 0719561310. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • A letter to Admiral of the Fleet Gerard Noel postmarked 9 June, 1916 may be found at the National Maritime Museum's Caird Library in NOE/5/1

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hugo L. Pearson
Captain of H.M.S. Collingwood
7 Nov, 1889[11]
Succeeded by
Albert B. Jenkings
Preceded by
Walter Stewart
Captain Superintendent, Pembroke Dockyard
1 Jan, 1893[12] – 23 Mar, 1895[13]
Succeeded by
Charles J. Balfour
Preceded by
Charles L. Oxley
Second-in-Command, China Station
27 Oct, 1897[14] – 23 Dec, 1899[15]
Succeeded by
Sir James A. T. Bruce

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (June, 1881). p. 218.
  2. FitzGerald Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 994.
  3. FitzGerald Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 994.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1891). p. 211.
  5. FitzGerald Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 994.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26601. p. 1067. 22 February, 1895.
  7. FitzGerald Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 1060.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 27766. p. 1279. 21 February, 1905.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27772. p. 1845. 7 March, 1905.
  10. Letter to Gerard Henry Uctred Noel postmarked 9 June 1916 at the National Maritime Museum. NOE/5/1.
  11. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 211.
  12. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 8.
  13. FitzGerald Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 994.
  14. FitzGerald Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 453.
  15. FitzGerald Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 1060.