George Bingham Powell

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Vice-Admiral George Bingham Powell, R.N., Retired (12 January, 1870 – 27 May, 1952) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Powell was specially promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1903 for services in China in 1900.[1]

He was appointed to Bulwark as executive officer in March, 1910.[2]

On 31 December 1910, Powell was promoted to Captain. He left Bulwark on 2 January, 1911 and undertook a succession of Signal, War, Gunnery and Torpedo and Navigation courses that took until 8 December to complete. He married Ada Patricia FitzGerald Bowes on 19 December, 1911 to round out a year of professional development.[3]

He was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Gibraltar on 23 October, 1912 and then for command of Egmont on 13 March, 1913.[4]

Great War

Powell remained in Malta during the early part of the war. On 24 December, 1915, he was additionally appointed as Chief of Staff to Vice-Admiral Limpus, who was then Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard. Superseded as such on 1 November, 1916, he was made Liaison Officer of Patrols and Routes on the staff of French Rear Admiral Faton, who was French Rear Admiral of Patrols.[5]

Powell was appointed to command H.M.S. Devonshire on 10 November, 1917.[6] He would remain in her until she was reduced on 21 May, 1919.[7]

Post-war

Powell was appointed in command of the battleship Monarch on 30 August, 1919. He would remain in command until 8 July, 1921.[8]

Powell was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 16 June, 1921 and was placed on the Retired List the next day under Order in Council of 9 March, 1914.[9]

Powell was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 8 July, 1926.[10]

He died on 27 May, 1952 of a coronary occlusion.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry G. Giffard
Captain of H.M.S. Gibraltar
23 Oct, 1912[11]
Succeeded by
Ronald A. Hopwood
Preceded by
Augustus L. K. Knapton
as Captain of H.M.S. Firefly
Captain of H.M.S. Egmont
13 Mar, 1913[12]
Succeeded by
Christopher J. F. Eddis
as Captain of H.M.S. Firefly
Preceded by
Henry B. T. Somerville
Captain of H.M.S. Devonshire
10 Nov, 1917[13][14] – 21 May, 1919[15]
Succeeded by
Francis W. Caulfeild
Preceded by
Sidney R. Drury-Lowe
Captain of H.M.S. Monarch
30 Aug, 1919[16] – 8 Jul, 1921[17]
Succeeded by
Frank Powell

Footnotes

  1. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  2. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  3. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  4. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  5. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 775.
  7. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  8. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  9. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  10. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  11. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 394b.
  13. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 775.
  14. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  15. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  16. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.
  17. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/255. f. 263.