Francis Herbert Mitchell

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Admiral Francis Herbert Mitchell, C.B.D.S.O., R.N., Retired (10 January, 1876 – 7 March, 1946) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Early Life & Career

"Commander Francis H. Mitchell (Commander for Gunnery Duties) failed to exercise proper supervision by allowing a drill order to be used for other than drill purposes, and he will be relieved in his appointment."[1]

Great War

Mitchell was cautioned to be more careful in future after his second class protected cruiser Eclipse collided with a Swedish barque on 8 September, 1914.[2]

In recognition of his service with the Royal Naval Division at Gallipoli, Mitchell was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order on 7 November, 1915.[3]

He was appointed in command of the pre-dreadnought Exmouth on 1 November, 1916.[4]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Bellerophon on 12 October, 1918.[5]

Post-War

He was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (C.B.) on the occasion of the King's birthday on 3 June, 1924.[6]

Mitchell was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 21 January, 1933, vice Field.[7]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral F. H. Mitchell" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 8 March, 1946. Issue 50395, col E, p. 8.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
James A. Fergusson
Captain of H.M. T.B. 67
8 Jul, 1896[8] – Aug, 1896[9]
Succeeded by
Hebert R. L. Edwards
Preceded by
Arthur H. C. C. Home
Captain of H.M.S. Pegasus
27 Oct, 1911[10] – 1 Dec, 1913[11]
Succeeded by
John A. Ingles
Preceded by
Frank Brandt
Captain of H.M.S. Eclipse
Jul, 1914[12] – 16 Feb, 1915[13]
Succeeded by
Richard K. Philpott
Preceded by
Henry R. Veale
Captain of H.M.S. Exmouth
1 Nov, 1916[14][15] – 31 Aug, 1917[16]
Succeeded by
George W. Gubbins
Preceded by
Vincent B. Molteno
Captain of H.M.S. Bellerophon
12 Oct, 1918[17] – 11 Mar, 1919[18]
Succeeded by
Humphrey W. Bowring
Preceded by
Robert N. Bax
Captain of H.M.S. Excellent
13 Jun, 1920[19]
Succeeded by
Arthur J. Davies
Preceded by
Cecil D. S. Raikes
Captain of H.M.S. Ramillies
19 Aug, 1922[20] – Apr, 1924[21]
Succeeded by
Wilfrid Nunn
Preceded by
Edward B. Kiddle
Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Second Battle Squadron
5 May, 1925[22] – 5 May, 1926[23]
Succeeded by
Charles J. C. Little
Preceded by
Alexander V. Campbell
Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
1928 – 1931
Succeeded by
The Hon. Matthew R. Best

 

Footnotes

  1. Cd. 3275.
  2. Mitchell Service Record. {TNA|ADM 196/44.}} f. 134.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29358. p. 11029. 8 November, 1915.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 394j.
  5. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134. Copy courtesy of Mr. Dave Alton.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32941. p. 4408. 3 June, 1924.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 33905. p. 524. 24 January, 1933.
  8. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  9. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  10. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  11. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  12. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  13. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  14. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 393s.
  15. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  16. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  17. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  18. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  19. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  20. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  21. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  22. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.
  23. Mitchell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 134.