Francis Thomas Butler Tower

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Vice-Admiral SIR Francis Thomas Butler Tower, K.B.E., C.B., Royal Navy (21 December, 1885 – 19 July, 1964) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Tower was Gunnery Officer of Barham from 15 April, 1915 to 21 November, 1918. He was then appointed as the gunnery officer in Hood when she commissioned, being superseded there on 20 August, 1920.[1]

On 16 May, 1927 he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Curacoa as Flag Captain.[2]

He was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Hood on 30 August, 1933.[3]

Tower was placed on the Retired List on 29 June, 1939. He was reactivated later that very year for a short stint on the Landing Craft Committee.[4]

On 8 January, 1945, Tower was appointed to serve in the rank of Rear Admiral as Flag Officer in Command, Southampton, vice James Murray Pipon.[5]

He reverted to the Retired List on 30 March, 1946.[6]

Bibliography

  • "Sir Thomas Tower" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 21 July, 1964. Issue 56069, col E, pg. 12.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Geoffrey Blake
Captain of H.M.S. Kite
25 Apr, 1913[7] – 12 Apr, 1915[8]
Succeeded by
Reginald F. P. Maton
Preceded by
Julian F. C. Patterson
Assistant Director of Naval Ordnance
18 Aug, 1924[9] – 23 Mar, 1927[10]
Succeeded by
Alan R. Dewar
Preceded by
Douglas B. Le Mottée
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
16 May, 1927[11]
Succeeded by
Lancelot E. Holland
Preceded by
Cecil B. Prickett
Captain of H.M.S. Curacoa
16 May, 1927[12] – 16 May, 1929[13]
Succeeded by
Harold G. C. Franklin
Preceded by
Thomas H. Binney
Captain of H.M.S. Hood
30 Aug, 1933[14] – 1 Feb, 1936[15]
Succeeded by
A. Francis Pridham
Preceded by
St. Aubyn B. Wake
Director of Naval Equipment
10 Dec, 1936[16] – 27 Aug, 1939[17]
Succeeded by
James W. S. Dorling
Preceded by
James M. Pipon
Flag Officer in Command, Southampton
8 Jan, 1945
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  2. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  3. Taylor. The Battlecruiser Hood. p. 230.
  4. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  5. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  6. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 315.
  8. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  9. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 205.
  10. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 205.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 282a.
  12. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. ?.
  13. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. ?.
  14. Taylor. The Battlecruiser Hood. p. 230.
  15. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  16. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/67. f. ?.
  17. Tower Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/67. f. ?.