James Figgins

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Rear-Admiral James Figgins, C.B.E. (1886 – 30 September, 1962) was an officer in the Royal Navy and eventually rose to the rank of Captain, serving in World War II.

Life & Career

Figgins entered the Navy as Boy, Second Class at age fifteen and a half on 9 May, 1902.[1]

Figgins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 November, 1915.[2]

Interbellum

Figgins was appointed in command of the destroyer Saracen on 20 November, 1918.[3]

Figgins married Grace Miller, younger daughter of G. T. Miller on 2 October, 1920.[4]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Tactician on 1 November, 1920.[5]

Figgins was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1926.[6]

Figgins was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1933, becoming the first officer to be promoted to the rank of Captain via the grade of mate.[7]

Attending a War Course in 1934, President Vice-Admiral Domvile rated Figgins, "General Capacity - Below Average; Power of Expression, Vocal - Average, In Writing - Average; Debating Ability - Below Average; Application displayed - Outstanding," writing further, "Keen by the course was rather beyond him, due of course to his past education and training - a pleasant person."

Figgins was awarded the C.B.E. (m) on New Year, 1942.[4]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George E. L. Atwood
Captain of H.M.S. Saracen
20 Nov, 1918[8]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ralph Neville
Captain of H.M.S. Tactician
1 Nov, 1920[9]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Horace L. Morgan
Captain of H.M.S. Badminton
22 Aug, 1924[10]
Succeeded by
John E. Phayre
Preceded by
Gerald W. Hoare-Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Bridgewater
9 Feb, 1935 – 16 Oct, 1936
Succeeded by
Henry J. Egerton
Preceded by
Cecil S. Sandford
Captain of H.M.S. Newcastle
26 Jul, 1939[11] – 15 Aug, 1940[12]
Succeeded by
Edward A. Aylmer

Footnotes

  1. Figgins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/162. f. 162.
  2. Figgins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/162. f. 162.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 903.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Obituary. The Times. Tues OCt 02 1962 55511 A.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 869.
  6. Figgins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/162. f. 162.
  7. Figgins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/162. f. 162.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 903.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 869.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 216.
  11. Figgins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/162. f. 162.
  12. Figgins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/162. f. 162.