Maurice Swynfen FitzMaurice

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Vice-Admiral SIR Maurice Swynfen FitzMaurice, K.C.V.O., C.B., C.M.G., Royal Navy (12 August, 1870 – 23 January, 1927) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

On 28 January, 1892, FitzMaurice was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, dated 14 May, 1890.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 31 December, 1902.[2]

He was promoted to Captain on 30 June, 1910.[3]

FitzMaurice was appointed Assistant Director of Naval Intelligence on 9 November, 1910.[4] He was reappointed as Assistant Director of the Intelligence Division on the formation of the Admiralty War Staff in January, 1912.[5]

Great War

He was appointed in command of the battleship Triumph on 5 August, 1914,[6] and was in command when she was sunk on 25 May, 1915.[7]

On 5 June, 1915, FitzMaurice was appointed to Triumph, additional to serve as Chief of Staff to Senior Naval Officer, Mudros. He was appointed in command of the Europa on 15 June, 1915, still acting as Chief of Staff.. On 31 August, he ceded command to Captain John E. Drummond and continued work on board as Chief of Staff.[8][9]

In June, 1916, he was appointed to Chief of Staff to the Vice-Admiral Commanding the Eastern Mediterranean as Commodore, Second Class.[10]

He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) on 1 January, 1916.[11]

He commanded the Dreadnought from April to August, 1918.[12]

Post-War

FitzMaurice was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 26 November, 1920, vice Hope.[13] He was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Military Division of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1921.[14]

Following the Prince of Wales's return FitzMaurice was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (K.C.V.O.) on 16 October, 1925, dated 29 July.[15]

FitzMaurice suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on 20 January, 1927[16] in Simonstown and died three days later.[17]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Vice-Admiral Sir M. FitzMaurice" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 24 January, 1927. Issue 44487, col A, p. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ernest H. Grafton
Captain of H.M.S. Pyramus
1 Sep, 1905[18] – 20 Sep, 1907[19]
Succeeded by
Harry C. S. Rawson
Preceded by
Sydney S. Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
May, 1906[20] – 4 Oct, 1906[21]
Succeeded by
Robert W. Johnson
Preceded by
Herbert A. Adam
Captain of H.M.S. Trafalgar
5 Mar, 1908[22] – 1 Sep, 1908[23]
Succeeded by
Edward G. W. Davy
Preceded by
Edmund P. F. G. Grant
Captain of H.M.S. Halcyon
1 Sep, 1908[24][25] – 16 Aug, 1910[26]
Succeeded by
John R. Segrave
Preceded by
?
Assistant Director of Naval Intelligence Division
8 Jan, 1912[27] – 14 Feb, 1914[28]
Succeeded by
Edward H. F. Heaton-Ellis
Preceded by
?
Senior Naval Officer, Yangtse
14 Feb, 1914[29] – 5 Aug, 1914[30]
Succeeded by
Alfred A. Ellison
Preceded by
Philip Streatfeild
Captain of H.M.S. Triumph
5 Aug, 1914[31] – 25 May, 1915[32]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Hugh G-C. Somerville
Captain of H.M.S. Europa
15 Jun, 1915[33] – 31 Aug, 1915[34]
Succeeded by
John E. Drummond
Preceded by
Harold B. Bedwell
Captain of H.M.S. Dreadnought
20 Apr, 1918[35] – 5 Oct, 1918[36]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Coppinger
Preceded by
Hugh F. P. Sinclair
Director of Naval Intelligence
15 Aug, 1921[37]
Succeeded by
Alan G. Hotham
Preceded by
Sir Rudolf W. Bentinck
Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station
7 Feb, 1925[38] – 22 Jan, 1927[39]
Succeeded by
David M. Anderson
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26253. p. 543. 2 February, 1892.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27512. p. 4. 2 January, 1903.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1918). p. 66.
  4. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 10 November, 1910. Issue 39426, col B, p. 7.
  5. "The Naval War Staff" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 25 January, 1912. Issue 39804, col C, p. 6.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 386.
  7. Naval Operations. Volume II. pp. 196-200.
  8. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394.
  9. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  10. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29423. p. 83. 1 January, 1916.
  12. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 32166. p. 12399. 17 December, 1920.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32178. p. 4. 1 January, 1921.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 33101. p. 7350. 10 November, 1925.
  16. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  17. "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 24 January, 1927. Issue 44487, col F, p. 12.
  18. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  19. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  20. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  21. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  22. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  23. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  24. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  25. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 323.
  26. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  27. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  28. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  29. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  30. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 386.
  32. Naval Operations. Volume II. pp. 196-200.
  33. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  34. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 148.
  35. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  36. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  37. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 124.
  38. The Navy List. (September, 1925). p. 200.
  39. FitzMaurice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.