Robert Copland Sparkes

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Rear-Admiral (retired) Robert Copland Sparkes, R.N. (20 November, 1851 – 10 July, 1924) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Sparkes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1877.

Sparkes was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1891.

Sparkes was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1898.

Sparkes was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Forte in August, 1900.

Sparkes married Alice M. Jackson on 29 April, 1902 at Cape Station and changed his name to Robert Copland-Sparkes.

Copland-Sparkes was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 8 December, 1903 and promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral (retired) on 16 December, 1907.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John E. Bearcroft
Captain of H.M.S. Linnet
12 Aug, 1895[1] – 16 Feb, 1898
Succeeded by
William W. Smythe
Preceded by
William C. C. Forsyth
Captain of H.M.S. Edgar
16 Feb, 1898 – 25 Jun, 1898
Succeeded by
Harry S. F. Niblett
Preceded by
Arthur L. Winsloe
Captain of H.M.S. Blake
10 Jul, 1900[2]
Succeeded by
Casper J. Baker
Preceded by
Edward P. Jones
Captain of H.M.S. Forte
13 Aug, 1900[3] – 1 Apr, 1902[Inference]
Succeeded by
Peyton Hoskyns


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 236a.
  2. "The Naval Mobilization." The Times (London, England), 11 July 1900, p. 9.
  3. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 257.