John Fawcett

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Captain John Fawcett, R.N., Retired (13 March, 1884 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Somerford Keynes Wiltshire, Fawcett gained two months time on passing out of Britannia on 15 July, 1900.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1906 while deployed in the armoured cruiser Carnarvon in the Mediterranean.[1]

He was appointed in command of a series of destroyers, interspersing this service with stints in capital ships, such as Indomitable from 31 July to 25 November, 1911, and then in Lord Nelson until 17 June, 1913 when he was appointed to command of the "B" Class destroyer Griffon. He was blamed for a collision between Griffon and Vigilant in 1913, but received only a mild warning to be more careful.[2]

Fawcett was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1914.[3]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Orwell on 14 July, 1914.[4]

Great War

Fawcett was appointed in command of the destroyer Watchman on 15 January, 1918.[5]

Fawcett was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1918.[6]

Post-war

On 15 April, 1919, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Redoubt.[7]

Fawcett was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 26 June, 1930.[8]

World War II

Fawcett was recalled to service. He was appointed in command of the Armed Merchant Cruiser Aurania upon her commissioning in September of 1939, but this command was terminated within days. At the end of the month, he was appointed in command of the depot ship Sandhurst.[9]

Fawcett was then moved to command the destroyer tender Woolwich, vice Thornton on 19 September, 1939. Service as Chief Staff Officer to Rear Admiral (D) Mediterranean carried him to 28 May 1942 when his appointment was terminated.

Following a month's time back on the Retired List, he was appointed for command of the Combined Operations Base, Lowestoft on 4 August, 1942. He remained there until 19 January, 1943 when he experienced cardiac issues.[10]

1945 found him admitted to Haslar Naval Hospital for an indefinite period.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Thomas C. Wilsone
Captain of H.M. T.B. 87
4 Jun, 1908[11] – 19 Oct, 1909[12]
Succeeded by
Cuthbert M. Murphy
Preceded by
Edmond J. G. Mackinnon
Captain of H.M.S. Roebuck
19 Oct, 1909[13] – 15 Aug, 1910[14]
Succeeded by
Andrew B. Cunningham
Preceded by
Robert A. Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Vulture
15 Aug, 1910[15] – 29 Aug, 1910[16]
Succeeded by
Herbert G. Briggs
Preceded by
Henry T. Dorling
Captain of H.M.S. Fairy
29 Aug, 1910[17][18] – 31 Jul, 1911[19]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey T. Wright
Preceded by
Frederick P. Champion de Crespigny
Captain of H.M.S. Griffon
17 Jun, 1913[20][21] – 27 Jun, 1914[22]
Succeeded by
Edward S. Graham
Preceded by
Ernest H. B. Williams
Captain of H.M.S. Orwell
14 Jul, 1914[23] – 30 Jun, 1915[24]
Succeeded by
Hubert W. D. Griffith
Preceded by
Charles G. C. Sumner
Captain of H.M.S. Fury
Jul, 1915[25] – Aug, 1917[Inference]
Succeeded by
Frederick A. P. Foster
Preceded by
Henry D. C. Stanistreet
Captain of H.M.S. Tirade
10 Nov, 1917[26] – Dec, 1917[27]
Succeeded by
Francis W. Craven
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Watchman
15 Jan, 1918[28] – 15 Apr, 1919[29]
Succeeded by
William E. B. Magee
Preceded by
Reginald V. Holt
Captain of H.M.S. Redoubt
15 Apr, 1919[30] – 15 Apr, 1921[31]
Succeeded by
Evelyn H. B. L. Scrivener
Preceded by
Ernest L. Cardale
Captain of H.M.S. Taurus
30 Dec, 1921[32] – 1922[33]
Succeeded by
Herbert M. Ellis
Preceded by
Lawrence D'O. Bignell
Captain of H.M.S. Versatile
Apr, 1923[34][35] – 7 Feb, 1926[36]
Succeeded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Preceded by
Richard Harter
Captain of H.M.S. Tourmaline
21 Sep, 1926[37] – Apr, 1928[38]
Succeeded by
Henry V. Hudson
Preceded by
Sydney K. Smyth
Assistant Captain of Portsmouth Dockyard
9 Feb, 1929 – 2 Jan, 1930
Succeeded by
Andrew Johnstone
Preceded by
Sydney K. Smyth
Assistant Captain of Portsmouth Dockyard
9 Feb, 1929 – 2 Jan, 1930
Succeeded by
Andrew Johnstone
Preceded by
George H. Creswell
Captain of H.M.S. Sandhurst
29 Sep, 1939[39] – 19 Sep, 1940[40]
Succeeded by
Gerald W. Hoare-Smith

Footnotes

  1. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  2. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  3. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 365.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 942.
  6. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 852.
  8. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  9. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  10. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  11. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  12. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  13. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  14. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  15. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  16. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  17. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  18. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 312.
  19. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 322.
  21. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  22. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  23. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 365.
  24. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  25. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 393x.
  26. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  27. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  28. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 942.
  29. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 852.
  31. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  32. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio.
  33. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. Unnumbered folio. Month not legible.
  34. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 281.
  35. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  36. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  37. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  38. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  39. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  40. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.