Frederick Laurence Field

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Admiral of the Fleet SIR Frederick Laurence Field, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., Royal Navy (19 April, 1871 – 24 October, 1945) served as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from 1930 to 1933.

Life & Career

Field was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant dated 14 November, 1890.[1] He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1893.[2]

Field was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 June, 1902.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1907.[4]

He was appointed to command the battleship Duncan on 9 August, 1910.[Citation needed]

Great War

He was appointed Commanding Officer of H.M.S. Vernon on 15 September, 1914. [5][6]

He was appointed command of Monarch on 17 September, 1915.[7]

He was appointed command of King George V soon thereafter, as he commanded her at the Battle of Jutland.[Citation needed]

On 15 September 1916, 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.) dated 31 May.[8]

Post-War

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 11 February, 1919,[9], vice Ballard.

Field was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 26 September, 1924, vice Mawbey.[10]

Field was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 5 April, 1928, vice Fremantle.[11]

He was promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet on 21 January, 1933, vice Oliver.[12]

As the result of the King approving that Admirals of the Fleet should in future be borne on the Active List of the Royal Navy for life, on 4 March, 1940, Field was replaced on the Active List with seniority of 21 January, 1933.[13]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral of the Fleet Sir F. Field" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 25 October, 1945. Issue 50282, col E, p. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Walter Carey
Captain of H.M.S. Jaseur
10 Mar, 1902[14]c. 6 Oct, 1902[Inference]
Succeeded by
Mortimer L'E. Silver
Preceded by
Cole C. Fowler
Captain of H.M.S. Defiance
31 Aug, 1907[15] – 31 Aug, 1909[16]
Succeeded by
Harry L. d'E. Skipwith
Preceded by
Edward B. Kiddle
Captain of H.M.S. Goliath
24 Jun, 1910[17]
Succeeded by
Henry L. Dicks
Preceded by
William E. Goodenough
Captain of H.M.S. Duncan
9 Aug, 1910[18][19] – 31 Jul, 1912[20]
Succeeded by
Francis W. Kennedy
Preceded by
Edward M. Phillpotts
Superintendent of Signal Schools
31 Jul, 1912[21] – 15 Sep, 1915[22]
Succeeded by
John D. Allen
Preceded by
William C. M. Nicholson
Captain of H.M.S. Vernon
15 Sep, 1914[23] – 17 Sep, 1915[24]
Succeeded by
Harry L. d'E. Skipwith
Preceded by
Edmund H. Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Monarch
17 Sep, 1915[25] – 16 Dec, 1915[26]
Succeeded by
George H. Borrett
Preceded by
George H. Baird
Captain of H.M.S. King George V
16 Dec, 1915[27] – 8 Jun, 1916[28]
Succeeded by
Vincent B. Molteno
Preceded by
the Hon. Edward S. Fitzherbert
Director of Torpedoes and Mining
12 Jun, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
Albert P. Addison
Preceded by
Sir William C. M. Nicholson
Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
15 Apr, 1920[30]
Succeeded by
Cyril T. M. Fuller
Preceded by
Sir Walter H. Cowan, Bart.
as Rear-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
15 May, 1923[31] – 13 Oct, 1924[32]
Succeeded by
Cyril T. M. Fuller
Preceded by
Sir Roger J. B. Keyes, Bart.
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
15 May, 1925[33] – 1 May, 1928[34]
Succeeded by
Sir William W. Fisher
Preceded by
Sir Roger J. B. Keyes, Bart.
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station
8 Jun, 1928[35] – 27 May, 1930[36]
Succeeded by
Sir Alfred E. M. Chatfield
Preceded by
Sir Charles E. Madden, Bart.
First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
30 Jul, 1930[37] – 21 Jan, 1933[38]
Succeeded by
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Chatfield

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26286. p. 2704. 10 May, 1892.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26388. p. 2078. 4 April, 1893.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27448. p. 4198. 26 June, 1902.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 28096. p. 34. 3 January, 1908.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 388.
  6. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396c.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9070. 15 September, 1916.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 31201. p. 2738. 25 February, 1919.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 32981. p. 7327. 10 October, 1924.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 33376. p. 2740. 17 April, 1928.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 33905. p. 524. 24 January, 1933.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 34807. p. 1394. 8 March, 1940.
  14. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 272.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 299.
  16. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  17. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  18. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 306.
  20. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  21. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  22. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  23. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  24. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396c.
  26. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  27. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  28. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 178.
  29. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 15 April, 1920. Issue 42385, col A, p. 6.
  30. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 178.
  31. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 247.
  32. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 247.
  33. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 247.
  34. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 247.
  35. "Naval, Military, and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 8 June, 1928. Issue 44914, col C, p. 9.
  36. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 247.
  37. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 247.
  38. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. p. 247.