Edward Cecil Villiers

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Watercolour by Villiers, dated 1909
Image is copyright Mick Bean, who owns two Villiers watercolour originals.

Rear-Admiral Edward Cecil Villiers, C.M.G., Royal Navy, Retired (16 February, 1866 – 16 April, 1939) was an officer of the Royal Navy. He enjoyed making watercolour paintings of naval life.

Early Life & Career

At the examination for naval cadetships in June 1879, Villiers placed ninth out of thirty-seven successful candidates.[1]

Villiers was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1890.[2]

Villiers was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1901.[3]


He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1906.[4]

In December 1908, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Charybdis.

In the Birthday Honours of 4 June, 1917, Villiers was appointed a Companion in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) for his war services.[5] He was placed on the Retired List, with the rank of Rear-Admiral (Retired); from 23 October, 1917.[6] His future in the Navy had been decided at a meeting of the Board of Admiralty on 15 June, when all five Sea Lords voted that he be retired on promotion to Flag Rank under Section III of the Order-in-Council of 9 March, 1914.[7]


  • "Rear-Admiral E. C. Villiers" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 18 April, 1939. Issue 48282, col D, pg. 16.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frederick H. Eagles
Captain of H.M.S. Salamander
15 Sep, 1898[8] – 31 Jan, 1902
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Edmond J. W. Slade
Captain of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
8 Oct, 1906[9]
Succeeded by
Edward H. Moubray
Preceded by
The Hon. Stanhope Hawke
Captain of H.M.S. Charybdis
8 Dec, 1908[10] – 1910
Succeeded by
George B. Eldridge
Preceded by
Cuthbert E. Hunter
Captain of H.M.S. Roxburgh
4 Apr, 1911[11] – 15 Sep, 1911[Inference]
Succeeded by
Cole C. Fowler
Preceded by
Charles D. Johnson
Captain of H.M.S. Actæon
10 Dec, 1912[12] – 11 Feb, 1919
Succeeded by
Hugh S. Currey


  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 25 June, 1879. Issue 29603, col E, p. 7.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26080. p. 4537. 19 August, 1890.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27335. p. 4780. 19 July, 1901.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27927. p. 4466. 29 June, 1906.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30111. p. 5458. 4 June, 1917.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 30369. p. 11474. 6 November, 1917.
  7. The National Archives. ADM 167/52.
  8. The Navy List. (March, 1901). p. 301.
  9. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 17 October, 1906. Issue 38153, col A, p. 8.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 292.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 368.
  12. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391b.