James Charles Tancred

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Vice-Admiral (retired) James Charles Tancred (17 September, 1864 – 9 December, 1943) was an officer in the Royal Navy. Prior to 17 October, 1885, his last name as Cleghorn.

Life & Career

Cleghorn was born in Farnham, the son of Captain G. Cleghorn.

Tancred was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant dated 30 June, 1888.

Tancred was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 31 December, 1901.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain dated 30 June, 1908.[2]

In March 1911, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Fox.

Tancred was appointed to Marlborough on 27 November, 1913 as she was nearing completion, but he would not be her commissioning officer.[3]

He was appointed command of the armoured cruiser Argyll on 22 June, 1914.[4] On 28 October, 1915, he was in command when the ship ran hard aground in fog, resulting in her total loss. He was severely reprimanded in the matter following a Court Martial convened on 10 December, 1915.

Tancred was appointed in command of the armed boarding steamer Stephen Furness on 13 December, 1915 and as King's Harbour Master and Captain of Dockyard at Cromarty. He transferred to Thalia on 9 March, 1916 and remained in her through the end of the war.

He was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 2 August, 1919 and retired the following day.

Tancred was promoted to Vice-Admiral on 1 January, 1925.

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Robert J. Prendergast
Captain of H.M. T.B. 52
18 Jul, 1889 – 8 Sep, 1889
Succeeded by
Philip J. Hodges
Preceded by
Herbert Orpen
Captain of H.M.S. Pandora
27 Nov, 1905 – 1 Jan, 1906
Succeeded by
Richard Sullivan
Preceded by
Thomas L. Barnardiston
Captain of H.M.S. Pelorus
1 Jan, 1906[5]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Craig
Preceded by
Owen F. Gillett
King's Harbour Master, Malta
2 Apr, 1908 – 2 Apr, 1910
Succeeded by
Hughes C. Lockyer
Preceded by
Allen T. Hunt
Captain of H.M.S. Fox
1 Mar, 1911[6] – 7 Oct, 1912
Succeeded by
Francis W. Caulfeild
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Marlborough
27 Nov, 1913 – 25 May, 1914
Succeeded by
Edmund P. F. G. Grant
Preceded by
E. Percy F. G. Grant
Captain of H.M.S. King Edward VII
25 May, 1914 – 22 Jun, 1914
Succeeded by
Crawford Maclachlan
Preceded by
Vivian H. G. Bernard
Captain of H.M.S. Argyll
22 Jun, 1914[7] – 28 Oct, 1915[8]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
?
King's Harbour Master, Cromarty
13 Dec, 1915 – 24 Jan, 1919
Succeeded by
Morgan Tindal
Preceded by
?
Captain of Dockyard, Cromarty
13 Dec, 1915 – 24 Jan, 1919
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 27393. p. 3. 3 January, 1902.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28151. p. 4644. 26 June, 1908.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 344.
  4. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392d.
  5. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 353.
  6. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 317.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392d.
  8. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 44.