Edmund Samuel Poë

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Admiral Sir Edmund S.Poë.
Photo: Library of Congress.

Admiral SIR Edmund Samuel Poë, G.C.V.O., K.C.B., Royal Navy (11 September, 1848 – 4 April, 1921) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Edmund Samuel Poë was born on 11 September, 1848, the younger son of Mr. William Thomas Poë, barrister-at-law, of Glen Ban, Queen's County. There is some confusion of how one pronounces the family name of "Poë". He is claimed to have stated in later life, "I have been sat upon by women and held at arm's length by men, but my name is pronounced p-o-a-y."[1]

Lieutenant & Commander

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 1 June, 1869.[2]

Poë was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1881.[3]

Captain

Poë was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1888.[4]

He was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Imperieuse on 10 November, 1890.[5]

As "a mark of Her Majesty's appreciation of the special services rendered by them on the occasion of the lamented death of Colonel His Royal Highness Prince Henry Maurice of Battenberg, K.G." Poë was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) on 11 May, 1896.[6]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Victorious on 8 June, 1897.[7] In October, he assumed command of the first class protected cruiser St. George.[8]

Poë was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen dated 13 July, 1899, vice Drury.[9] He was appointed in command of the St. George, again as Commodore, Second Class, on 26 October.[10]

He was reappointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp, to King Edward VII, on 25 February, 1901.[11]

Flag Rank

Poë was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 9 September, 1901, vice Lake.[12]

On the occasion of the King's visit to Ireland Poë was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) on 11 August, 1903.[13]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 20 February, 1906.[14] On the occasion of the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King George V and Queen Mary) to India Poë was appointed a Knight Commander in the Royal Victorian Order (K.C.V.O.) dated 19 March.[15]

On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, of the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 26 June, 1908.[16]

Poë was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 30 April, 1910, vice Fanshawe.[17]

He was appointed First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V dated 19 May, 1912, vice Beaumont.[18]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, Poë was placed on the Retired List on 11 September, 1914.[19]

Bibliography

  • "Death of Admiral Sir E. Poë" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 7 April, 1921. Issue 42688, col E, p. 13.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George L. Atkinson-Willes
Second-in-Command,
Home Fleet

1903 – 1904
Succeeded by
Command Renamed

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Naval Adviser to the Inspector-General of Fortifications
11 Mar, 1889[20]
Succeeded by
Wilmot H. Fawkes
Preceded by
William H. May
Captain of H.M.S. Imperieuse
10 Nov, 1890[21]
Succeeded by
John M. McQuhae
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Centurion
14 Feb, 1894[22]
Succeeded by
John M. McQuhae
Preceded by
William H. Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Blenheim
1 Sep, 1894[23]
Succeeded by
Francis C. B. Bridgeman
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Victorious
8 Jun, 1897[24] – 9 Oct, 1897[25]
Succeeded by
Anson Schomberg
Preceded by
George L. Atkinson
as Rear-Admiral Commanding the Training Squadron
Commodore Second Class in Command of the Training Squadron
14 Oct, 1897[26] – 30 Oct, 1899[27]
Succeeded by
the Cruiser Squadron
Preceded by
Philip F. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. St. George
31 Oct, 1899[28] – 5 Oct, 1900[29]
Succeeded by
Alfred L. Winsloe
Preceded by
the Training Squadron
Commodore Commanding, Cruiser Squadron
31 Oct, 1899
Succeeded by
Alfred L. Winsloe
Preceded by
himself, as Rear-Admiral Commanding, Cruiser Squadron
Rear-Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron
Dec, 1904[30]
Succeeded by
George Neville
Preceded by
Sir George L. Atkinson-Willes
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
20 Aug, 1905[31]
Succeeded by
Sir George J. S. Warrender, Bart.
Preceded by
Sir John Durnford
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
20 Apr, 1907[32] – 20 Aug, 1908[33]
Succeeded by
Sir George Le C. Egerton
Preceded by
The Hon. Sir Assheton G. Curzon-Howe
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station
30 Apr, 1910[34] – 1 Jul, 1912[35]
Succeeded by
Sir A. Berkeley Milne, Bart.
Court Appointments
Preceded by
Sir Lewis A. Beaumont
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
19 May, 1912[36]
Succeeded by
Sir George A. Callaghan

Footnotes

  1. Lowis. p. 204n.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 23504. p. 3184. 4 June, 1869.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25055. p. 4. 3 January, 1882.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 25837. p. 3826. 13 July, 1888.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 228.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26738. p. 2792. 12 May, 1896.
  7. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 12 May, 1897. Issue 35201, col E, p. 13.
  8. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27101. p. 4520. 21 July, 1899.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 30 October, 1899. Issue 35973, col D, p. 7.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 27289. p. 1417. 26 February, 1901.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 27359. p. 6292. 27 September, 1901.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 27586. p. 5058. 11 August, 1903.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 27890. p. 1436. 27 February, 1906.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 27913. p. 3324. 15 May, 1906.
  16. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28151. p. 4641. 26 June, 1908.
  17. The London Gazette: no. 28362. p. 3063. 3 May, 1910.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 28613. p. 3955. 31 May, 1912.
  19. The London Gazette: no. 28902. p. 7293. 15 September, 1914.
  20. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/241.
  21. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 228.
  22. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 209.
  23. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 205.
  24. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 12 May, 1897. Issue 35201, col E, p. 13.
  25. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 405.
  26. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 13 October, 1897. Issue 35333, col A, p. 11.
  27. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 405.
  28. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1051.
  29. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 405.
  30. "The Distribution and Mobilization of the Fleet" (News). The Times. Monday, 12 December, 1904. Issue 37575, col D, p. 4.
  31. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 29 July, 1905. Issue 37772, col B, p. 10.
  32. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1052.
  33. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1052.
  34. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1052.
  35. Poë Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/17. f. 405.
  36. The London Gazette: no. 28613. p. 3955. 31 May, 1912.