Sidney Richard Olivier

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Captain (retired) Sidney Richard Olivier, C.M.G., R.N. (1 March, 1870 – 21 January, 1932) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Reverend D. Olivier of Salisbury.

Olivier was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1892.

Olivier was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1903.

On 8 February, 1905 he was appointed in command of Syren. On 9 May, he wrecked the destroyer through what a Court Martial determined was an error of judgement, earning him a reprimand.

In 1908, Rear-Admiral Adair wrote of Olivier, "zealous & hardworking but very tactless & unfortunate manner."

Olivier was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser St. George in November, 1915. He commanded her through the end of the war.


Olivier was appointed from St. George on 17 April, 1919. He was appointed in command of Research from 9 May, 1919 through 1 March, 1920 when he was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Captain.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George W. Smith
Captain of H.M. T.B. 84
18 Jul, 1894[1]
Succeeded by
Richard C. M. Lord Gillford
Preceded by
Anthony F. Gurney
Captain of H.M.S. Hasty
1 Mar, 1897[2] – Jan, 1898
Succeeded by
George V. W. Carey
Preceded by
Berkeley Holme-Sumner
Captain of H.M.S. Havock
Jan, 1898 – early 1898
Succeeded by
Geoffrey T. Bowles
Preceded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Captain of H.M.S. Starfish
early 1898 – 10 May, 1898
Succeeded by
Douglas E. R. Brownrigg
Preceded by
Noel Grant
Captain of H.M.S. Syren
8 Feb, 1905 – 8 May, 1905
Succeeded by
Francis R. Wood
Preceded by
Guy L. Sclater
Captain of H.M.S. Tyne
15 Mar, 1910[3] – 3 May, 1912
Succeeded by
Philip A. Bateman-Champain
Preceded by
Reginald L. Crichton
Captain of H.M.S. St. George
2 Nov, 1915[4] – 17 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by
Charles de Burgh
Preceded by
Morris H. Smyth
Captain of H.M.S. Research
9 May, 1919 – 1 Mar, 1920
Succeeded by


  1. "The Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), July 12, 1894, Issue 34314, p.10.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1897). p. 227a.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 388.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 900.