Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simson

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Captain Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simson, D.S.O. (15 January, 1876 – 29 January, 1947) served in the Royal Navy.

His last name is spelled "Spicer-Simpson" in one Service Record, but the other spelling seems to be used everywhere else. He could speak French, German and Spanish, and won the Ryder Memorial Prize in 1898.

Life & Career

Spicer-Simson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1898.[1]

Spicer-Simson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 December, 1915.[2]

He was awarded the D.S.O. in recognition of the action of 9 February, 1916 when an Allied flotilla on Lake Tanganyika under his command "after a chase & running fight last 314 hours ... sank the German gunboat Hedwig-von-Wissmann."[3]

On 1 November, 1920, Spicer-Simson was appointed to President for work with the International Hydrographic Conference Committee.[4]

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 21 June, 1921.[5]

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Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Cecil F. Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Gipsy
30 Aug, 1904[6]
Succeeded by
Hugh P. Buckle

Footnotes

  1. Spicer-Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/125. f. 436.
  2. Spicer-Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/125. f. 436.
  3. Spicer-Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/125. f. 436.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 831.
  5. Spicer-Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/125. f. 436.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 318.