John Locke Marx

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Admiral John Locke Marx, C.B., M.V.O., D.S.O., Royal Navy, Retired (23 April, 1852 – 16 September, 1939) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Marx was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 22 December, 1874.[1]

Marx was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1895, aged forty three years, two months, and seven days.[2]

He was appointed command of the armoured cruiser Hogue on 19 November, 1902.[3]

On the occasion of the King's visit to Ireland Marx was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) on 11 August, 1903.[4]

He served as captain of battleship Mars from October 1904. A very unsatisfactory inspection of her in May of 1905 showed her machinery and engine rooms in sad condition. The ship's performance in the heavy gunlayer tests of that year were also noted as being "very unsatisfactory." Marx was superseded in command in October, 1905.[5]

He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King dated 2 March, 1905, vice Egerton.[6]

Marx commissioned the new battleship Dominion on 17 August 1905.[7]

Marx was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 8 March, 1906[8] and ceased his work as Aide de Camp that same day. He arrived home on 2 April.[9]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, he was placed on the Retired List dated 8 September, 1909.[10]

Marx was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 22 July, 1910,[11] and to Admiral on 4 June, 1913.[12]

Great War

On 12 October, 1914, Marx was granted a temporary Commission as Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve.[13]

He was appointed in command of the armed yacht Agatha on 17 November, 1914.[14] On 24 June, 1915, he was placed in Iolanda as a temporary Captain R.N.R.. He was superseded in her on 2 May, 1916. He was placed in command of H.M.S. Q13 which was still being readied for service on 20 August. It was perhaps in her that he injured his ribs on 6 November, 1916, necessitating that he be put ashore in Falmouth for about two weeks in a nursing home. Q13 was renamed H.M.S. Aubrietia on 1 May, 1917.[15]

Marx attacked a submarine on 12 January, 1917. Though a conclusive sinking did not result, in recognition of the great credit due him for his attack, on the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 4 June, 1917.[16]

A second submarine action came on 7 July, 1917, for which he was gazetted on 2 November, 1917. Marx was superseded in Aubrietia on 24 September and, on 1 December, 1917, appointed in command of the commissioned escort ship Bayano.[17]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral J. L. Marx" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 19 September, 1939. Issue 48414, col G, p. 8.
  • Marx, Admiral John Locke (2007). Jones, Dr. Mary. ed. A Naval Life: The Edited Diaries and Papers of Admiral John Locke Marx, 1852 - 1939. Dulverton, Somerset: Persona Naval Press. ISBN 0955309506.

Papers

Service Records


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Swinger
2 Oct, 1883[18]
Succeeded by
Albert C. Allen
Preceded by
Albert C. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Swinger
2 Oct, 1883[19] – 3 May, 1887[20]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Abraham H. Lindesay
Captain of H.M.S. Cherub
23 Apr, 1888[21] – Jul, 1889
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George R. Lindley
Captain of H.M.S. Blanche
15 Aug, 1893[22] – 28 Aug, 1894
Succeeded by
Murray T. Parks
Preceded by
William U. Moore
Captain of H.M.S. Terpsichore
15 Jun, 1897[23]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. C. Galloway
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Proserpine
15 Sep, 1898[24] – 20 Oct, 1900[25]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. A. Marescaux
Preceded by
Colin R. Keppel
Captain of H.M.S. Warspite
24 Mar, 1902[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Hogue
19 Nov, 1902[27][28]
Succeeded by
Edward G. Shortland
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Suffolk
21 May, 1904[29] – Oct, 1904[30]
Succeeded by
David Beatty
Preceded by
George Neville
Captain of H.M.S. Mars
12 Oct, 1904[31][32]
Succeeded by
David Beatty
Preceded by
Robert F. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Dominion
17 Aug, 1905[33][34] – 14 Mar, 1906[35]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Kingsmill
Preceded by
New Vessel
Captain of H.M.S. Bayano
1 Dec, 1917[36] – 7 Jan, 1919[37]
Succeeded by
?
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24165. p. 6363. 25 December, 1874.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26647. p. 4233. 26 July, 1895.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 20 November, 1902. Issue 36930, col D, p. 10.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27586. p. 5058. 11 August, 1903.
  5. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 3.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27774. p. 2017. 14 March, 1905.
  7. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 27894. p. 1794. 13 March, 1906.
  9. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28289. p. 6959. 17 September, 1909.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28400. p. 5396. 26 July, 1910.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 28726. p. 3992. 6 June, 1913.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 28935. p. 8130. 13 October, 1914.
  14. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  15. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  16. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30111. p. 5454. 4 June, 1917.
  17. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  18. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 240.
  19. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 862.
  20. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 862.
  21. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 862.
  22. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 862.
  23. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  24. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  25. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  26. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 312.
  27. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 20 November, 1902. Issue 36930, col D, p. 10.
  28. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  29. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  30. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 380.
  31. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  32. Day of month taken from predecessor. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 936.
  33. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 302.
  34. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  35. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 856.
  36. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 989.
  37. Marx Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 3.