Louis Charles Stirling Woollcombe

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Admiral Louis Charles Stirling Woollcombe, C.B., M.V.O., D.L., Royal Navy, Retired (25 March, 1872 – 26 October, 1951) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Woollcombe was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant dated 14 November, 1891.[1]

Woollcombe was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1893.[2]

Woollcombe was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1905.[3]

On 12 February, 1912, Woollcombe was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) for serving as Navigator of the Medina,[4] and on 15 February he was promoted to the rank of Captain.[5]

He was appointed command of the corvette Boadicea on 5 July, 1913.[6]

Great War

In September 1916, Woollcombe was appointed in command of the light cruiser Chatham.[7]

He was to have a much larger vessel entrusted to him when he was appointed in command of H.M.S. Malaya in January, 1918.[8]

Post-War

Woollcombe was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 3 May, 1922, vice Wray.[9]

Woollcombe was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 2 August, 1927, vice Royds, and was placed on the Retired List the following day.[10]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral L. C. S. Woollcombe" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 27 October, 1951. Issue 52143, col F, pg. 8.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald H. S. Bacon
Captain of H.M. T.B. 52
11 Jul, 1893[11] – 17 Aug, 1893[12]
Succeeded by
John S. G. Fraser
Preceded by
Roger J. B. Keyes
Captain of H.M.S. Opossum
15 Sep, 1898[13][14] – 4 May, 1899[15]
Succeeded by
Godfrey E. Corbett
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Wolf
4 May, 1899[16] – 18 Sep, 1899[17]
Succeeded by
Robert C. K. Lambert
Preceded by
John C. Watson
Captain of H.M.S. Æolus
24 Jun, 1910[18] – 2 Aug, 1910[19]
Succeeded by
Charles B. Miller
Preceded by
Alexander Farrington
Captain of H.M.S. Latona
2 Aug, 1910[20][21] – 10 Oct, 1911[22]
Succeeded by
John G. de O. Coke
Preceded by
Cecil H. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Boadicea
5 Jul, 1913[23] – 8 Sep, 1916[24]
Succeeded by
Algernon H. C. Candy
Preceded by
Arthur Bromley
Captain of H.M.S. Chatham
8 Sep, 1916[25][26] – 1 Jan, 1918[27]
Succeeded by
Theodore J. Hallett
Preceded by
?
Second in Command, Third Light Cruiser Squadron
24 Dec, 1917[28] – 1 Jan, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
The Hon. Algernon D. E. H. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Malaya
5 Jan, 1918[30][31] – 14 May, 1919[32]
Succeeded by
Henry T. Buller
Preceded by
Gerald W. Vivian
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham
7 Jun, 1921[33] – 3 May, 1922[34]
Succeeded by
Alexander V. Campbell
Preceded by
Hugh L. P. Heard
Admiral Superintendent, Devonport Dockyard
1 Nov, 1926[35] – 1 Mar, 1927[36]
Succeeded by
Oliver Backhouse

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26366. p. 412. 24 January, 1893.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26471. p. 7581. 29 December, 1893.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27812. p. 4557. 30 June, 1905.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 28580. p. 1048. 13 February, 1912.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 16 February, 1912. Issue 39823, col E, p. 4.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392l.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 840.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 32695. p. 3626. 9 May, 1922.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 33300. p. 5105. 5 August, 1927.
  11. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  12. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 275.
  14. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  15. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  16. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  17. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  18. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  19. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  20. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  21. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 338.
  22. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392l.
  24. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  25. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 392i.
  26. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  27. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  28. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  29. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  30. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 840.
  31. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  32. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  33. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 195.
  34. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 195.
  35. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. Book 5, p. 267.
  36. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. Book 5, p. 267.