Thomas Evans Crease

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Captain Thomas Evans Crease, C.B.C.B.E., R.N. (24 February, 1875 – 24 September, 1942) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Little is known about Crease's background. He was born in Liverpool. At some point he was adopted by an Army officer. He was educated in the training ship for boys Conway before joining the Royal Navy direct on 6 December 1889. On 14 February 1890 he was appointed to the Warspite, the flagship on the Pacific Station, where he would spend a whole commission of over three years. He was rated Midshipman on 15 May 1890, a 1st class certificate. After three months' leave he was appointed to the Volage on 14 September 1893 in the Training Squadron. Captain Charles E. Gissing noted "Speaks Spanish well. Fair know. of surveying. Very intelligent. Promises well." He passed his seamanship examination for the rank of Lieutenant on 24 February 1894 with a 1st class certificate, 901 marks out of 1,000, and left the Training Squadron for the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Crease married at St. Cuthbert's, Thetford on 2 June, 1898 Loetie Louisa, eighth and youngest daughter of John and Mary Sophia Johnson of Thetford Abbey.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 24 February, 1895.

Crease was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1905.

In accordance with the provisions of the Orders in Council of 8 December, 1903, and 18 October, 1909, he was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, on 25 February, 1910.

In the King's Birthday Honours of 3 June, 1916, Crease was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.).[1]

On 11 November, 1918, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, Retired.

He was appointed a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) on 1 January, 1919.[2]

Crease died at River Cottage, Dachet on 24 September, 1942, after a long illness.


  • "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Saturday, 26 September, 1942. Issue 49351, col A, p. 1.


Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur H. Tremayne
Captain of H.M. T.B. 87
24 Jul, 1895
Succeeded by
Charles L. Vaughan-Lee
Preceded by
Percy T. H. Beamish
Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord
30 Oct, 1914[3]
Succeeded by
Allan F. Everett


  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29608. p. 5554. 2 June, 1916.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 111. 1 January, 1919.
  3. Crease Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 3.