Frederick Armand Powlett

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Admiral Frederick Armand Powlett, C.B.E., Royal Navy, Retired (27 July, 1873 – 1963) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Powlett was mentioned in Seymour's despatch after the relief attempt:

Lieutenant Frederick A. Powlett, my Flag Lieutenant, was with me throughout the expedition, towards Peking, and since. He has been most useful at Tientsin, in addition to his other duties, in arranging the signals and communications with the tower and our batteries for firing on the Chinese guns, also in trying to surprise and capture Chinese signallers at night.[1]

On 19 October, 1905, Powlett married Nora Chaplin, daughter of the late Ernest Chaplin, barrister, in Clifton Parish Church.

Powlett was promoted to the rank of Captain on 19 October, 1909.

In July 1911, he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Isis.[2]

On 5 December 1912, he was appointed captain of the light cruiser Newcastle out of the China Station[3]

Powlett was appointed as captain of the battleship Albion in July, 1916.[4]

On 25 October 1916, he was appointed as Flag Captain in Wallington, which was part of Immingham Depot.[5]

Post-War

Powlett served as captain of Collingwood from December 1918 through the following March.[6]

He was appointed to command the battleship St. Vincent on 18 March, 1919.[7] On 27 June he was appointed a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) for "valuable services as Chief of Staff to the Vice-Admiral Commanding, East Coast of England."[8]

He was appointed command of Thunderer on 13 August, 1919.[9]

Powlett was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 7 October, 1920, vice Culme-Seymour, [10] and was placed on the Retired List on 8 October.[11] He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 1 March, 1926.[12]

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William J. S. Alderson
Captain of H.M.S. Isis
25 Jul, 1911[13] – 13 Feb, 1912[14]
Succeeded by
James D. D. Stewart
Preceded by
George B. Hutton
Captain of H.M.S. Talbot
1 Mar, 1912[15][16] – 27 Aug, 1912[17]
Succeeded by
Richard Hyde
Preceded by
George P. E. Hunt
Captain of H.M.S. Newcastle
28 Oct, 1912[18]c. 25 Jun, 1916[19]
Succeeded by
Richard G. A. W. Stapleton-Cotton
Preceded by
Alexander V. Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Albion
20 Jul, 1916[20] – 25 Oct, 1916[21]
Succeeded by
Charles Tibbits
Preceded by
Cole C. Fowler
Captain of H.M.S. Collingwood
20 Dec, 1918[22][23] – 18 Mar, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
Gerald W. Vivian
Preceded by
Gerald W. Vivian
Captain of H.M.S. St. Vincent
18 Mar, 1919[25][26] – 18 Jul, 1919[27]
Succeeded by
Harold D. Briggs
Preceded by
Thomas D. Pratt
Captain of H.M.S. Thunderer
13 Aug, 1919[28]
Succeeded by
Alexander P. Davidson

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 27235. p. 6107. 5 October, 1900.
  2. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 349.
  4. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 402.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 17 March, 1919. Issue 42050, col F, p. 21.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31421. p. 8066. 27 June, 1919.
  9. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 9 August, 1919. Issue 42174, col F, p. 15.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 32081. p. 9891. 12 October, 1920.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 32081. p. 9891. 12 October, 1920.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 33139. p. 1650. 5 March, 1926.
  13. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  14. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  15. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  16. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 381.
  17. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  18. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  19. Day of month is not certain. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  20. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  21. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  22. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 760.
  23. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  24. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  25. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 17 March, 1919. Issue 42050, col F, p. 21.
  26. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  27. Powlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 358.
  28. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 919.