Percy Molyneux Rawson Royds

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Admiral Percy M. R. Royds as a Captain, 1918.
Portrait: © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Admiral (retired) Percy Molyneux Rawson Royds, C.B., C.M.G., K.B.E., M.P., R.N. (5 April 1874 – 25 March 1955) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Rochdale.

Royds was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 April, 1895.

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1905.

Royds was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1912.

He was appointed in command of the Bellona on 5 July, 1913,[1] through the beginning of war.[2]

He was appointed in command of the Canterbury on 24 April, 1916,[3] and commanded her in support of the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland.[4]

Royds was appointed in command of the battleship Malaya in May 1921.

Royds was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 12 May 1922, and to Vice-Admiral on 1 August 1927, retiring the following day.[5]

He was advanced to Admiral on the retired list on 1 July, 1932.

Royds reported on 27 December 1938 that he was "a little lame with arthritis." He does not appear to have served in World War II.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt
Captain of H.M.S. Bellona
5 Jul, 1913[6] – 24 Apr, 1916
Succeeded by
Arthur B. S. Dutton
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Canterbury
24 Apr, 1916[7] – 16 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by
Graham R. L. Edwards
Preceded by
Edmund P. F. Jervoise
Captain of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
1 Jul, 1919 – 1 Oct, 1920
Succeeded by
Humphrey H. Smith
Preceded by
Henry T. Buller
Captain of H.M.S. Malaya
17 May, 1921 – 3 May, 1922
Succeeded by
Christopher R. Payne
Preceded by
Edward B. Kiddle
Admiral Superintendent, Chatham Dockyard
1 Dec, 1923[8] – 7 Dec, 1925
Succeeded by
Charles P. Beaty-Pownall


  1. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392i.
  2. Corbett. Naval Operations Vol I, p. 438.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 751.
  4. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  5. Wikipedia
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392i.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 751.
  8. "Naval Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 1 December, 1923. Issue 43513, col A, p. 19.