Charles Lionel Vaughan-Lee

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Admiral Sir Charles L. Vaughan-Lee as a Rear-Admiral, 1917.
Portrait: Francis Dodd. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1778).

Admiral SIR Charles Lionel Vaughan-Lee, K.B.E., C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (27 February, 1867 – 16 March, 1928) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Early Life & Career

Charles Lionel Vaughan-Lee was born on 27 February, 1867, the third son of Major Vaughan Hanning Vaughan-Lee, one time Conservative M.P. for West Somerset.

Vaughan-Lee was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 February, 1887.[1]

Vaughan-Lee was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1899.[2]

Captain

Vaughan-Lee was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1904.[3]

On 24 December 1905, he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Astræa.[4]

He was appointed in command of H.M.S. Ganges on 5 January, 1909.[5]

Vaughan-Lee was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Warrior on 5 April, 1911.[6]

He commanded Collingwood from September 1911.[7]

He was appointed in command of the dreadnought Bellerophon on 16 August, 1912.[8]

On 1 September, 1913, he was appointed Commodore, Second Class Commanding the Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth.[9]

Great War

Vaughan-Lee was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V on 15 September, 1914.[10] On 18 December he was appointed Captain of the battleship Thunderer.

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 12 August, 1915, vice Erskine,[11] and superseded in command of Thunderer on 24 August.

He was appointed Director of Air Services at the Admiralty on 8 September.

On 1 January, 1917, Vaughan-Lee was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.),[12] and on 19 January he was appointed Admiral Superintendent of Portsmouth Royal Dockyard.[13]

Post-War

In recognition of his war services, on the occasion of the King's birthday Vaughan-Lee was appointed a Knight Commander in the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) on 3 June, 1919.[14]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 26 January, 1920, vice Ricardo, and placed on the Retired List the following day.[15] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 10 March, 1925.[16]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir Charles Vaughan-Lee" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 19 March, 1928. Issue 44845, col B, p. 19.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 73
22 Jul, 1890[17][18] – 18 Aug, 1890[19]
Succeeded by
Edward S. Houseman
Preceded by
Price V. Lewes
Captain of H.M. T.B. 71
8 Jul, 1891[20]
Succeeded by
Albert P. Addison
Preceded by
Cecil E. E. Carey
Head of Mobilisation Division
24 Jan, 1905[21][22] – 24 Dec, 1905[23][24]
Succeeded by
Francis F. Haworth-Booth
Preceded by
Lionel G. Tufnell
Captain of H.M.S. Astræa
24 Dec, 1905[25] – 1 Jan, 1908[26]
Succeeded by
Frank E. C. Ryan
Preceded by
?
In Command, Shotley Training Establishment
5 Jan, 1909[27][28] – 13 Feb, 1911[29]
Succeeded by
Cecil S. Hickley
Preceded by
Owen F. Gillett
Captain of H.M.S. Warrior
5 Apr, 1911[30] – 1 Dec, 1911[31]
Succeeded by
James A. Fergusson
Preceded by
William C. Pakenham
Captain of H.M.S. Collingwood
1 Dec, 1911[32] – 22 Jun, 1912[33]
Succeeded by
James C. Ley
Preceded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier
Captain of H.M.S. Bellerophon
16 Aug, 1912[34] – 18 Aug, 1913[35]
Succeeded by
Edward F. Bruen
Preceded by
John B. Eustace
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth
1 Sep, 1913[36][37] – 18 Dec, 1914[38]
Succeeded by
John B. Eustace
as Rear-Admiral-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth
Preceded by
Thomas Jackson
Captain of H.M.S. Thunderer
18 Dec, 1914[39] – 26 Aug, 1915[40]
Succeeded by
James A. Fergusson
Preceded by
Murray F. Sueter
as Director of the Air Department
Director of Air Services
8 Sep, 1915[41] – 19 Jan, 1917[42]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Arthur W. Waymouth
Admiral Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard
19 Jan, 1917[43] – 1 Apr, 1920[44]
Succeeded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25771. p. 7300. 30 December, 1887.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27040. p. 84. 6 January, 1899.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27691. p. 4182. 1 July, 1904.
  4. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 1 December, 1908. Issue 38818, col E, p. 6.
  6. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 391.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28906. p. 7396. 18 September, 1914.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 29266. p. 8158. 17 August, 1915.
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29886. p. 1. 1 January, 1917.
  13. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 554.
  14. The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 13459. p. 2066. 5 June, 1919.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 31779. p. 1832. 13 February, 1920.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 33031. p. 1954. 20 March, 1925.
  17. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  18. "Naval Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 19 July, 1890. Issue 33068, col C, p. 12.
  19. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  20. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  21. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  22. Naval Intelligence Department. Distribution of Work.—March 1905. The National Archives. ADM 231/45. p. 1.
  23. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  24. Naval Intelligence Department. Distribution of Work.—March 1905. The National Archives. ADM 231/45. p. 1.
  25. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  26. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  27. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 320.
  28. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  29. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  30. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  31. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  32. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  33. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  34. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  35. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  36. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 3.
  37. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  38. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  39. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  40. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  41. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  42. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  43. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.
  44. Vaughan-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 441.