Spencer Francis Russell

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Commander (retired) Spencer Francis Russell, O.B.E., R.N. (28 December, 1884 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born on Malta the son of a Colonel, Russell ranked forty-third among 62 successful candidates in examinations for entry to the Britannia intake term of September 1899, with 2220 marks.[1]

Russell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1906.[2]

Russell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1914.

Russell commanded the destroyer Munster at the Battle of Jutland.[3]

Russell was appointed in command of the destroyer Minion on 12 May, 1918.[4]

Russell's command of Minion ended when he was appointed to Egmont, additional, to provide Special Service on the Danube on 26 March, 1919.

Russell was placed on the Retired List at his own request at the rank of Commander on 7 April, 1927.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Owen C. Hare
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 78
Captain of H.M. T.B. 078
15 May, 1909[5] – 24 Aug, 1910
Succeeded by
Harold T. Baillie-Grohman
Preceded by
F. Burges Watson
Captain of H.M.S. Dasher
24 Aug, 1910 – 14 Feb, 1911
Succeeded by
Bernard J. H. Ward
Preceded by
Herbert W. Wyld
Captain of H.M. T.B. 35
14 Feb, 1911[6] – 18 Apr, 1912
Succeeded by
Desmond Maxwell
Preceded by
Charles L. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Munster
14 Apr, 1916[7] – 11 Apr, 1918
Succeeded by
Frederick H. G. Dalrymple-Hamilton
Preceded by
William G. A. Shuttleworth
Captain of H.M.S. Minion
12 May, 1918[8] – 26 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Richard A. A. Plowden


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Aug 12, 1899; pg. 8; Issue 35906.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 68a.
  3. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 45.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 846.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 400.
  7. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395u.
  8. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 846.