Fischer Burges Watson

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Rear-Admiral Fischer Burges Watson, C.B.E., D.S.O., Royal Navy (9 September, 1884 – 14 August, 1960) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Southampton, the son of Captain Burges Watson, R.N..

Watson was promoted to Lieutenant in August, 1905.[1]

As a Lieutenant, Watson was appointed in command of the destroyer Dasher on 26 August, 1909.[2]

On 2 May, 1911, Watson was appointed in command of the destroyer Dee.[3]

Watson was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in August, 1913.[4]

Watson was promoted to Commander in December, 1914.[5]

As a Commander, Burges Watson was appointed in command of the flotilla leader Shakespeare on 16 September, 1918.[6]

Watson was promoted to Captain in December, 1921.[7]

In April 1924, Watson was appointed in command of the light cruiser Caledon.

On 26 May, 1930, Watson was appointed in command of the battleship Nelson as Flag Captain to Admiral Hodges. He was superseded in her in April, 1935.[8]

Watson was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 17 September, 1935.[9]

Who was Who

WATSON, Rear-Admiral Fischer Burges CBE 1943; DSO 1917

Born Sept. 1884; e s of late Rear-Admiral Burges Watson and Marie Thérèse Fischer, Sydney, NS Wales; m 1st, 1909, Sybil Mona Caroline (d 1926), o d of late Major Harry Holden of Bramcote Hills, Notts.; three d; 2nd, 1931, Mabel Harford, 3rd d of late Captain P. C. Underwood, RN; died 14 Aug. 1960

EDUCATION private school (Ashdown House, Forest Row); HMS Britannia

CAREER Midshipman, 1900; retired list, 1935; Convoy Service, 1939–42 (despatches); Captain Landingship Flotilla, Med., 1943–44 (despatches, CBE, bar to DSO)

RECREATIONS Games, shooting, fishing

ADDRESS Monks Horton, Bosham, Sussex

Bibliography

  • "Rear-Adml. F. B. Watson" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 16 August, 1960. Issue 54851, col E, pg. 10.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hamilton C. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Dasher
26 Aug, 1909[10][11] – 1 Jul, 1910[12]
Succeeded by
Bernard J. H. Ward
Preceded by
Oliver M. F. Stokes
Captain of H.M.S. Eden
1 Jul, 1910[13][14] – 2 May, 1911[15]
Succeeded by
Herbert F. Littledale
Preceded by
Harold E. Sulivan
Captain of H.M.S. Dee
2 May, 1911[16][17] – 7 Sep, 1912[18]
Succeeded by
Gordon McL. Cameron
Preceded by
Hubert S. Cardale
Captain of H.M.S. Saracen
7 Sep, 1912[19][20] – 31 Mar, 1914[21]
Succeeded by
Arthur S. D. George
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Loyal
28 Apr, 1914[22] – Apr, 1917[23]
Succeeded by
Colin S. Thomson
Preceded by
Colin S. Thomson
Captain of H.M.S. Tempest
14 Apr, 1917[24] – 16 Sep, 1918[25]
Succeeded by
Valentine M. Wyndham-Quin
Preceded by
Malcolm L. Goldsmith
Captain of H.M.S. Shakespeare
16 Sep, 1918[26][27] – 19 Mar, 1919[28]
Succeeded by
Frederick E. K. Strong
Preceded by
Robert G. Hamond
Captain of H.M.S. Velox
19 Mar, 1919[29][30] – 18 Jun, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
Maxwell N. Williamson-Napier
Preceded by
Dudley B. N. North
Captain of H.M.S. Caledon
9 Apr, 1924[32][33] – Apr, 1926[34]
Succeeded by
Miles B. Birkett
Preceded by
Thomas H. Binney
Captain of H.M.S. Nelson
late May, 1930[35] – Dec, 1931[36]
Succeeded by
Alban T. B. Curteis
Preceded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Captain of H.M.S. Diomede
Apr, 1932[37] – Aug, 1933[38]
Succeeded by
Cosmo M. Graham
Preceded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Captain of H.M.S. Dunedin
Aug, 1933[39] – Mar, 1935[40]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Edmund R. Drummond

Footnotes

  1. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 299.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 28 April, 1911. Issue 39573, col B, p. 15.
  4. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  5. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 906a'.
  7. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  8. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 34200. p. 5929. 20 September, 1935.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 299.
  11. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  12. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  13. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 5 July, 1910. Issue 39316, col C, p. 9.
  14. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  15. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  16. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 28 April, 1911. Issue 39573, col B, p. 15.
  17. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  18. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  19. The Navy List. (February, 1914). p. 371.
  20. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  21. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  22. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  23. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  24. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398f.
  25. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  26. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 906a.
  27. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  28. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  29. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 923a.
  30. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  31. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  32. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  33. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 220.
  34. Watson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 80.
  35. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  36. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  37. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  38. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  39. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  40. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.