Edward Stafford Fitzherbert, Thirteenth Baron Stafford

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Admiral Lord Stafford as a Rear-Admiral, 1918.
Portrait: Francis Dodd. Imperial War Museum. ART 1737.

Admiral THE RIGHT HONOURABLE Edward Stafford Fitzherbert, Thirteenth Baron Stafford, K.C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (17 April, 1865 – 28 September, 1941) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

At the examination for Naval Cadetships, Fitzherbert placed eleventh out of the successful batch of forty-six.[1]

Fitzherbert was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1899.[2]

Captain

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

He served as captain of Canopus from January 1905,[4] then of second class battleship Barfleur from 9 May, 1905 until November.[5] His busy string of commands continued directly to Albemarle from November 1905 to the beginning of 1907.[6]

In December 1908, he became Captain of the armoured cruiser Bedford, remaining in command almost two years before she was wrecked near China.[7]

On 17 August, 1911, Fitzherbert was appointed to President, as Captain-Superintendent of Ships Building by Contract, Clyde District, dated 31 August.[8]

He took command of Colossus on 29 June, 1914[9] and was in command at start of war.[10]

Great War

Fitzherbert was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 24 October 1915, vice Tottenham.[11] On 6 December, he was appointed Admiral of Minesweeping[12] in succession to Rear-Admiral Charlton.

He was appointed to the new position of Director of Torpedoes and Mining on 18 February, 1917.[13] On 1 January, 1918, he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.).[14]

Fitzherbert was appointed Commander-in-Chief on the Cape of Good Hope Station on 20 May.[15]

Post-War

Fitzherbert was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 27 January, 1920, vice Vaughan-Lee.[16] On 5 June he was knighted and appointed a Knight Commander in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on the occasion of the King's birthday.[17]

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 24 March, 1923.[18] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 17 March, 1925.[19]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Lord Stafford" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 30 September, 1941. Issue 49044, col D, p. 9.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Philip F. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Canopus
18 Jul, 1904[20] – 8 May, 1905[21]
Succeeded by
Frederic W. Fisher
Preceded by
Leslie C. Stuart
Captain of H.M.S. Barfleur
9 May, 1905[22][23] – 15 Nov, 1905[24]
Succeeded by
Claud A. W. Hamilton
Preceded by
Alexander L. Duff
Captain of H.M.S. Albemarle
? – 31 Dec, 1906[25]
Succeeded by
Robert F. Scott
Preceded by
Montague E. Browning
Flag Captain, Plymouth Station
28 May, 1907[26] – 27 Apr, 1908[27]
Succeeded by
Lionel Halsey
Preceded by
Seymour E. Erskine
Captain of H.M.S. Bedford
21 Dec, 1908[28] – 21 Aug, 1910[29]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
George W. Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Colossus
29 Jun, 1914[30][31] – 23 Oct, 1915[32]
Succeeded by
A. Dudley P. R. Pound
Preceded by
Edward F. B. Charlton
as Admiral Commanding East Coast Minesweepers
Admiral of Minesweeping
6 Dec, 1915[33] – 30 Apr, 1918[34]
Succeeded by
Command Abolished
Preceded by
Morgan Singer as Director of Naval Ordnance and Torpedoes
Director of Torpedoes and Mining
18 Feb, 1917[35]
Succeeded by
Frederick L. Field
Preceded by
Sir Edward F. B. Charlton
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
12 Jun, 1918[36] – 26 May, 1920[37]
Succeeded by
Sir William E. Goodenough
as Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station

 

Footnotes

  1. "Naval Cadetships" (News). The Times. Saturday, 30 June, 1877. Issue 28982, col A, p. 14.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27099. p. 4345. 14 July, 1899.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27691. p. 4182. 1 July, 1904.
  4. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  5. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. "Naval Appointments and Retirements" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 11 July, 1911. Issue 39634, col C, p. 15.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 293.
  10. Naval Operations. Volume I. p. 438.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 29340. p. 10509. 26 October, 1915.
  12. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1916). p. 4.
  13. Fitzherbert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. p. 524.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 30522. p. 1939. 12 February, 1918.
  15. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1918). p. 8.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 31779. p. 1832. 13 February, 1920.
  17. The London Gazette: "Supplement" no. 31931. p. 6315. 5 June, 1920.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 32811. p. 2511. 3 April, 1923.
  19. The London Gazette: no. 33031. p. 1954. 20 March, 1925.
  20. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 221.
  21. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  22. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 282.
  23. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  24. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  25. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  26. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 221.
  27. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  28. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  29. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  30. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  31. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393.
  32. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  33. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1917). p. 4.
  34. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 524.
  35. Fitzherbert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. p. 524.
  36. Fitzherbert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 198.
  37. Stafford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 221.