Thomas Benjamin Stratton Adair

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Rear-Admiral Thomas Benjamin Stratton Adair, Royal Navy, Retired (6 November, 1861 – 12 August, 1928) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Adair was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 6 May, 1882.[1]

Adair was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1894.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1899.[3]

On 22 September 1902, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Gladiator. He took special pains to ensure that his crew was taught how to swim. In 1904, he helped contribute to a report on fire control.[4]

Adair was appointed in command of the battleship Montagu on 12 September 1904, an assignment that was to prove unfortunate, as on 30 May 1906 he ran the battleship hard aground on Lundy Island in thick fog. Adair's Court-Martial began aboard H.M.S. Victory on 15 August and resulted in him receiving a severe reprimand and dismissal from his ship on the 20th.[5]

In his book Whispers from the Fleet, Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher G. F. M. Cradock referred to "the regret felt throughout the Navy for the one man who suffered—A victim of unexpected circumstances."[6]

He was placed on the Retired List on 8 March, 1907.[7]

Adair died on 12 August, 1928, "suddenly" at a Glaswegian nursing home of pneumonia.[8]

Bibliography

  • "Rear-Admiral T. B. S. Adair" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 14 August, 1928. Issue 44971, col B, p. 12.
  • Cradock, Rear-Admiral Christopher G. F. M. (1908). Whispers from the Fleet. Portsmouth: Gieve's.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frederick O. Pike
Captain of H.M.S. Gladiator
22 Sep, 1902[9] – 21 Dec, 1903[10]
Succeeded by
William F. De Salis
Preceded by
John Denison
Captain of H.M.S. Montagu
12 Sep, 1904[11] – 20 Aug, 1906[12]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26471. p. 7581. 29 December, 1893.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January, 1900.
  4. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  5. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  6. Cradock. Whispers from the Fleet. p. 366.
  7. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  8. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  9. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  10. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  11. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.
  12. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 8.