Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans, First Baron Mountevans

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Admiral Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans, First Baron Mountevans of Chelsea, C.B., (28 October, 1881 – 20 August, 1957) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

He added the name Russell in late 1904 for family reasons.[1]

Life & Career

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1902.[2]

Evans was awarded 1908's Shadwell Testimonial for some feat of chart-making that remains to be discovered, though he may have been in Spain at the time.[3]

Evans was specially promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 July, 1912 for services in the Antarctic.[4]

On 30 July, 1914, Evans was appointed in command of the destroyer Mohawk.[5]

On the night of 20-21 April, 1917, he commanded the flotilla leader Broke during the Second Battle of Dover Strait when that ship rammed a German destroyer and was torpedoed but remained afloat.[6] Evans was promoted to the rank of Captain on 21 April, 1917 – the day following this action. In May, Evans was lent for a week to ten days duty with American destroyers, but he returned to Broke and served in her until 25 October, 1917.[7]

Evans was appointed in command of the corvette Active in April, 1918.[8]

Evans was appointed to Attentive III as Senior Naval Officer, Ostend. He remained there until the base closed on 7 October, 1919.[9]

Evans was appointed in command of light cruiser Carlisle on 15 December, 1920,[10] and personally assisted in the rescue of survivors from a wrecked passenger ship off south China in 1921, earning Lloyd's Gold Medal for Saving Life at Sea and the Board of Trade's Silver Medal for Saving Life at Sea. He was next appointed to command of Harebell as Captain of A/P ("Antisubmarine Patrol?").[11]

He was appointed command of the battlecruiser Repulse in June 1926.

Evans was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 24 February, 1928.[12]

Evans was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 November, 1932.[13]

Evans was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 12 July, 1936.[14]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Richard W. U. Bayly
Captain of H.M.S. Mohawk
30 Jul, 1914[15][16] – 3 Dec, 1914[17]
Succeeded by
Harold D. Adair-Hall
Preceded by
Harold D. Adair-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Viking
3 Dec, 1914[18][19] – 29 Dec, 1915[20]
Succeeded by
George N. Gilbertson
Preceded by
Thomas C. H. Williams
Captain of H.M.S. Crusader
29 Dec, 1915[21] – 11 Nov, 1916[22]
Succeeded by
Ernest L. Cardale
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Seymour
11 Nov, 1916[23][24] – Nov, 1916[25]
Succeeded by
Edward O. Gladstone
Preceded by
Edward O. Gladstone
Captain of H.M.S. Broke
Dec, 1916[26] – 25 Oct, 1917[27]
Succeeded by
Bertram H. Ramsay
Preceded by
George A. Saltren-Willett
Captain of H.M.S. Arrogant
14 Nov, 1917[28] – 19 Jan, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
Ralph Collins
Preceded by
Gordon Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Active
3 Apr, 1918[30] – 2 Apr, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
James W. Fairlough
Preceded by
?
Senior Naval Officer, Ostend
2 Apr, 1919 – 7 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
Base Closed
Preceded by
John W. Carrington
Captain of H.M.S. Carlisle
15 Dec, 1920[32][33] – 9 Jan, 1923[34]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Dickens
Preceded by
Lionel G. Preston
Captain of H.M.S. Harebell
9 Jan, 1923[35] – 15 Aug, 1925[36]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Dickens
Preceded by
?
Captain of Fishery Protection and Minesweeping Flotilla
9 Jan, 1923[37] – 15 Aug, 1925[38]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Dickens
Preceded by
Herbert W. W. Hope
Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
4 Jun, 1926[39] – 15 Sep, 1927[40]
Succeeded by
Theodore J. Hallett
Preceded by
William R. Napier
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Royal Australian Navy Squadron
18 Mar, 1929[41]
Succeeded by
Wilbraham T. R. Ford
Preceded by
Hugh J. Tweedie
Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station
18 Jan, 1933[42] – 26 Jul, 1935[43]
Succeeded by
Francis W. L. Tottenham
Preceded by
Sir Hugh J. Tweedie
Commander-in-Chief at the Nore
3 Dec, 1935[44] – 9 Jan, 1939[45]
Succeeded by
Henry J. S. Brownrigg

Footnotes

  1. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  2. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  3. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  4. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 357.
  6. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 104-5.
  7. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  8. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  9. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 741.
  11. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  12. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  13. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  14. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 357.
  16. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  17. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  18. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 394.
  19. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  20. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  21. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  22. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  23. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 398.
  24. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  25. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391y.
  27. Month name given as "X" in Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  28. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  29. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  30. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 723.
  31. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  32. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 741.
  33. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  34. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  35. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  36. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  37. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  38. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  39. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  40. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  41. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  42. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  43. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  44. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.
  45. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 40.