Charles Gordon Ramsey

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Admiral SIR Charles Gordon Ramsey, K.C.B., (4 December, 1882 – 1966) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Ramsey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1904.[1]

Ramsey was appointed Lieutenant & Commander of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 11 on 28 July, 1908.[2] In 1910, his command Success suffered a grounding at Row, but his Captain (D) determined that Ramsey had anchored properly and had done nothing wrong, ably refloating her.[3]

Ramsey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1912.[4]

Ramsey was appointed in command of the destroyer Manly on 6 November, 1914.[5] On 5 July, 1915, she was grounded. It was determined that Ramsey should have reduced speed upon a mist forming.[6]

Ramsey was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1915.[7]

Ramsey commanded the destroyer Acheron at the Battle of Jutland as part of the First Destroyer Flotilla.[8]

Ramsey was in command of the Pasley on 16 September, 1917 when she rammed and sank the British submarine G 9 in error. Ramsey was superseded in command, but his service record is devoid of any description of the fallout in the affair.[9]

On 3 October, 1917, Ramsey was appointed in command of the destroyer Vendetta.[10] He would be her captain through the end of the war. On 11 February, 1918, Ramsey was prosecuted by a Court Martial on charges that he did negligently or by default strand Vendetta. One of three charges was proved and Ramsey was reprimanded.[11]

Post-War

He was appointed in command of the flotilla leader Vampire on 7 July, 1919.[12]

In August 1921, the United States Shipping Board expressed its satisfaction at Ramey's offer of assistance to S.S. Bellemina (?).[13]

Ramsey was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1922.[14]

On 4 December, 1931, he was appointed in command of the battleship Royal Oak.

Ramsey was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 March, 1934.[15]

Ramsey was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 15 January, 1938.[16]

Ramsey was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 6 April, 1942 and superseded as Commander in Chief, Rosyth by Wilbraham T. R. Ford in mid-April, 1942.[17] However, Ford immediately took ill, requiring Ramsey to return to duty for a short time. On 1 June, 1942, Ford relieved Ramsey for the second and final time.[18]

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 15 September, 1942. However, in October he was assigned to the Liverpool Convoy Pool, to serve in the rank of Commodore, Second Class R.N.R.. He remained so engaged until 2 May, 1945 and reverted to the Retired List on 14 August, 1945.[19]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Thomas J. S. Lyne
Captain of H.M. T.B. 11
28 Jul, 1908[20][21] – 15 Jun, 1910[22]
Succeeded by
Godfray Bruce Cargill
Preceded by
Benjamin W. Barrow
Captain of H.M.S. Success
15 Jun, 1910[23][24] – 6 Feb, 1912[25]
Succeeded by
Henry V. Hudson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Fury
6 Feb, 1912[26][27] – 23 Aug, 1912[28]
Succeeded by
Claude L. Cumberlege
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Manly
6 Nov, 1914[29][30] – 3 Feb, 1916[31]
Succeeded by
Ernest W. Kirkby
Preceded by
Brien M. Money
Captain of H.M.S. Acheron
3 Feb, 1916[32] – Jul, 1916[33]
Succeeded by
Robert L. Burnett
Preceded by
Robert L. Burnett
Captain of H.M.S. Pasley
Jul, 1916[34][35] – Sep, 1917[36]
Succeeded by
Richard B. England
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Vendetta
3 Oct, 1917[37][38] – 7 Jul, 1919[39]
Succeeded by
Henry I. M. L. Scott
Preceded by
Claud F. Allsup
Captain of H.M.S. Vampire
7 Jul, 1919[40][41] – 4 May, 1921[42]
Succeeded by
George H. Knowles
Preceded by
Cosmo M. Graham
Captain of H.M.S. Valhalla
4 May, 1921[43] – 25 Apr, 1922[44]
Succeeded by
Cyril J. H. Hill
Preceded by
Eric G. Robinson
Captain of H.M.S. Spenser
15 Jan, 1925[45] – May, 1925[46]
Succeeded by
Ernest W. Leir
Preceded by
Dashwood F. Moir
Captain (D), Third Destroyer Flotilla
15 Jan, 1925[47] – Jan, 1927[48]
Succeeded by
Cyril G. Sedgwick
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Keppel
May, 1925[49] – Jan, 1927[50]
Succeeded by
Evelyn C. O. Thomson
Preceded by
Thomas J. S. Lyne
Captain of Training Ship H.M.S. Impregnable
30 Jun, 1927[51] – 22 Apr, 1929[52]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Henry G. Thursfield
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
4 Dec, 1931[53] – 26 Apr, 1934[54]
Succeeded by
Leonard F. Potter
Preceded by
Evelyn C. O. Thomson
Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland
3 Aug, 1939[55] – 15 Apr, 1942[56]
Succeeded by
Wilbraham T. R. Ford
Preceded by
Wilbraham T. R. Ford
as Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
4 May, 1942[57] – 1 Jun, 1942[58]
Succeeded by
Sir Wilbraham T. R. Ford

Footnotes

  1. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 401.
  3. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  4. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 354.
  6. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  7. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  8. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 46.
  9. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p.924.
  11. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 879b.
  13. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  14. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  15. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  16. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  17. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  18. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  19. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 401.
  21. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  22. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  23. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  24. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 378.
  25. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  26. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  27. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 318.
  28. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  29. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395s.
  30. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  31. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  32. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  33. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  34. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 396h.
  35. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  36. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  37. The Navy List. (July, 1919). p. 924.
  38. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  39. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  40. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 879b.
  41. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  42. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  43. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  44. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  45. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  46. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  47. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  48. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  49. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  50. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  51. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  52. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  53. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  54. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  55. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  56. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  57. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  58. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.