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 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December, 1906.

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

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

Russell commanded the destroyer Munster at the Battle of Jutland.[1]

Russell was appointed in command of the destroyer Minion on 12 May, 1918.[2]

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

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[3] – 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[4] – 18 Apr, 1912
Succeeded by
Desmond Maxwell
Preceded by
Charles L. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Munster
14 Apr, 1916[5] – 11 Apr, 1918
Succeeded by
Henry R. James
Preceded by
William G. A. Shuttleworth
Captain of H.M.S. Minion
12 May, 1918[6] – 26 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Richard A. A. Plowden


  1. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 45.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 846.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 400.
  5. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395u.
  6. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 846.