George Lawrence Massey

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Vice-Admiral (retired) George Lawrence Massey, R.N. (3 November, 1879 – 3 November, 1937) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of the Hon. George Massey, R.N.R. was born in Liverpool.

Massey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1900.

On 7 March 1910, admitted Chatham Hospital with facial wounds.

Massey was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1913.

Massey was appointed Assistant Director of Paravanes from February, 1918 through 30 June, 1919.


Massey was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1919.

In July 1924, Massey was blamed for a lack of supervision after two men aboard Heather committed an "unnatural act".

On 5 January, 1927, Massey reverted to the Royal Navy, but he was was lent to the Royal Australian Navy on 21 August.

Massey was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 April, 1931 and was placed on the Retired List the next day.

Massey was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 January, 1936.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald L. Crichton
Captain of H.M.S. Opossum
21 Jul, 1903[1]
Succeeded by
Bernard J. H. Ward
Preceded by
Senior Naval Officer, Shandon
19 Jun, 1919 – 31 Mar, 1921
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Geoffrey C. Candy
Captain of H.M.S. Heather
15 Mar, 1921 – 28 Apr, 1924
Succeeded by
Stephen D. Tillard
Preceded by
Ronald Howard
Captain of H.M.S. Gibraltar
28 Apr, 1922[2] – 15 Mar, 1921
Succeeded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Preceded by
John B. Stevenson
Captain of H.M.A.S. Adelaide
9 Oct, 1924[3] – 18 Apr, 1927
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Preceded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M.S. Carysfort
18 Apr, 1927[4] – 25 Jul, 1927
Succeeded by
Herbert A. Buchanan-Wollaston
Preceded by
Francis H. W. Goolden
Captain of H.M.A.S. Sydney
15 Oct, 1927[5]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.A.S. Canberra
26 May, 1928 – 1929
Succeeded by
Charles Farquhar-Smith


  1. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 762.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 292.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 223.
  5. RAN page on the ship.