George Hector Creswell

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Rear-Admiral George Hector Creswell, D.S.C.,D.S.O. R.N., Retired (17 June, 1889 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Wimbledon.

Creswell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1911.[1]

Great War

Creswell was appointed in command of the Dove on 8 May, 1915.[2]

Creswell was appointed in command of the Dee on 1 January, 1916.[3]

Creswell was appointed in command of the Phoebe on 23 December, 1916.[4]

Creswell was appointed in command of the Laforey Class destroyer Lochinvar on 20 March, 1917. He stayed in her only briefly, as he was appointed in command of her sister, Lookout on 11 April, 1917. Command of Lookout temporarily fell to Reginald Nash after Creswell was stricken by influenza on 30 January, 1918. Creswell was declared fit again on 15 February.[5]

Creswell was appointed in command of the Liberty on 21 June, 1918. Creswell was mentioned in despatches for his services in destroyers in the first half of 1918, gazetted 11 December, 1918.[6]

Post-War

Cresswell was appointed in command of the destroyer Tomahawk on 31 December, 1918.[7]

Creswell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1919.[8] On 11 December 1919, he applied for the Greek Naval Mission.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean expressed his appreciation of Creswell's work in command of Tomahawk between 13 and 24 January, 1920 in the time leading up to the evacuation of Novorrosisk on 26 March.[9]

On 5 March, 1921, Creswell was thanked for his invention of a sight for anti-aircraft pom-pom guns.

On 26 January, 1923, the Senior Naval Officer, Gibraltar wired the Admiralty to report that Creswell was in very ill with appendicitis in a military hospital. On 7 February, he was finally out of danger, but his recovery proved complicated enough that he was sent back to England by P. & O. steamer Macedonia. He was not again fir until 2 May, 1923.[10]

Creswell was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1924. In October 1925, he took a two day course in anti-aircraft gunnery, at Biggin Hill.[11]

Creswell was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1931.[12]

World War II

Captain of Afridi from 11 December, 1937 until 2 January, 1940, and from 3 May, 1938 to 1 May, 1939, Captain (D) of "First Tribal Flotilla" and then to the end of his captaincy as Captain (D) of Fourth Destroyer Flotilla. In 1939, however, there was a collision between Afridi and the light cruiser Penelope.[13]

Creswell was awarded a D.S.O. for his anti-submarine work in the first three months of the war.[14]

Creswell was placed on the Retired List on 6 February, 1942.

Creswell was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 March, 1946.[15]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Delorest J. D. Noble
Captain of H.M.S. Dove
8 May, 1915[16][17] – 1 Jan, 1916[18]
Succeeded by
Cyril Edwards
Preceded by
Charles L. M. M. Crichton
Captain of H.M.S. Dee
1 Jan, 1916[19][20] – 23 Nov, 1916[21]
Succeeded by
Guy O. Maund
Preceded by
Ralph M. Mack
Captain of H.M.S. Phoebe
23 Dec, 1916[22]c. 31 Dec, 1916[23]
Succeeded by
Hubert E. Gore-Langton
Preceded by
Charles H. Knox-Little
Captain of H.M.S. Lochinvar
20 Mar, 1917[24] – 11 Apr, 1917[25]
Succeeded by
Frederick R. M. Johnson
Preceded by
Maurice B. R. Blackwood
Captain of H.M.S. Lookout
11 Apr, 1917[26][27] – 21 Jun, 1918[28]
Succeeded by
Philip A. Heyder
Preceded by
Humphrey B. Jacomb
Captain of H.M.S. Liberty
21 Jun, 1918[29][30] – 31 Dec, 1918[31]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Edward R. M. Geake
Captain of H.M.S. Tomahawk
31 Dec, 1918[32][33] – 28 Jan, 1921[34]
Succeeded by
Ambrose T. N. Abbay
Preceded by
L. T. Creery Hill
Captain of H.M.S. Thisbe
28 Jan, 1921[35] – 26 Sep, 1921[36]
Succeeded by
Frederick L. Cavaye
Preceded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M.S. Waterhen
17 Aug, 1922[37][38] – Feb, 1923[39]
Succeeded by
John B. Spurgin
Preceded by
Edward C. Thornton
Captain of H.M.S. Vivacious
6 Jun, 1923[40][41] – Feb, 1925[42]
Succeeded by
John S. Prescott-Roberts
Preceded by
Edward C. Denison
Captain of H.M.S. Serapis
27 May, 1925[43] – 1 Jan, 1926[44]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Knox-Little
Preceded by
Donal S. McGrath
Captain of H.M.S. Vanquisher
31 Oct, 1929[45] – Oct, 1931[46]
Succeeded by
David J. R. Simson
Preceded by
William J. Whitworth
Captain of H.M.S. Malcolm
30 Jun, 1932[47] – May, 1933[48]
Succeeded by
Augustine W. S. Agar
Preceded by
Francis H. G. Walker
Captain of H.M.S. Sandhurst
May, 1933[49] – 15 May, 1935[50]
Succeeded by
John Fawcett
Preceded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Captain (D), Fourth Destroyer Flotilla
1 May, 1939[51] – 2 Jan, 1940[52]
Succeeded by
Philip Louis Vian

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 368.
  2. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  3. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  4. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  5. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  6. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 921.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 366.
  9. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  10. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  11. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  12. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  13. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  14. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  15. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  16. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393m.
  18. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  19. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  20. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393n.
  21. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  22. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  23. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  24. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  25. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  26. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395f.
  28. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  29. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 831.
  31. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  32. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  33. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 921.
  34. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  35. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  36. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  37. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  38. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 842.
  39. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  40. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  41. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 284.
  42. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  43. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  44. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  45. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  46. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  47. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  48. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  49. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  50. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  51. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.
  52. Creswell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/79. f. 439.