Vernon Saumarez Butler

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Rear-Admiral Vernon Saumarez Butler, D.S.O., R.N. (19 October, 1885 – 25 June, 1954) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Butler was born in Bath, the son of a barrister.[1]

Butler was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1907.[2]

Butler was appointed in command of the destroyer Quail on 16 September, 1912.[3]

Greta War

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Leopard on 19 February, 1914.[4]

Butler was appointed in command of Lassoo on 24 September, 1915 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October. Lassoo was mined and lost on 13 August, 1916. In the routine Court Martial following her loss, it was noted that excellent discipline had prevailed.[5]

Butler was awarded the D.S.O. in early 1918 "for services in Destroyer & Torpedo Boat Flotillas in the period ending 31/12/17". The award was bestowed at Buckingham Palace on 31 July, 1918.[6]

Butler was appointed in command of the destroyer Redgauntlet on 9 April, 1918.[7]

Post-war

Butler was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1918.[8]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Serapis on 28 January, 1919.[9]

Butler was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1926.[10]

Butler was appointed in command of the light cruiser Cardiff in January, 1927 and was Flag Captain to Preston. He was subjected to a Court Martial on 6 March, 1928 on two counts of "negligent performance of duties". Both counts were found to be "not proved". He was superseded in January, 1929.[11]

On 12 April, 1930 he was appointed to be Chief Staff Officer to Berwick Curtis, Rear Admiral in Charge, Gibraltar. Butler kept on after Curtis was replaced by Thomas Norman James on 30 March, 1931 until Butler was superseded in this post in May, 1932.[12]

On 22 March, 1935 he was appointed in command of the sloop Shoreham and as Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf, vice Creagh. He was superseded there on 20 March, 1937.[13]

In early 1941, Butler was appointed as temporary Admiral Commanding Reserves, having twice been Naval Assistant to men holding that office. He was superseded in that position on 26 March, 1941. Thereafter, he continued to provide services to the A.C.R. with the rank of Commodore, Second Class, R.N.R..[14]

Butler succumbed to haemochromatosis on 25 June, 1954.[15]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ralph Neville
Captain of H.M.S. Quail
16 Sep, 1912[16][17] – 30 Jan, 1914[18]
Succeeded by
Francis A. Clutterbuck
Preceded by
Francis A. Clutterbuck
Captain of H.M.S. Panther
30 Jan, 1914[19] – 19 Feb, 1914[20]
Succeeded by
Brudenell Hunt-Grubbe
Preceded by
Geoffrey T. Wright
Captain of H.M.S. Leopard
19 Feb, 1914[21][22] – 24 Sep, 1915[23]
Succeeded by
Reginald Nash
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Lassoo
24 Sep, 1915[24] – 13 Aug, 1916[25]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Sabrina
8 Sep, 1916[26][27] – 9 Apr, 1918[28]
Succeeded by
Daniel H. Rainier
Preceded by
Aubrey T. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Redgauntlet
9 Apr, 1918[29][30] – 28 Jan, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
Alban Knubley
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Serapis
28 Jan, 1919[32][33] – Aug, 1921[34]
Succeeded by
Austen G. Lilley
Preceded by
Austen G. Lilley
Captain of H.M.S. Torch
Aug, 1921[35] – 20 Nov, 1921[36]
Succeeded by
Richard L. Hamer
Preceded by
The Hon. Edward B. S. Bingham
Captain of H.M.S. Enchantress
c. early 1926[37]
Succeeded by
John I. Hallett
Preceded by
St. A. B. Wake
Captain of H.M.S. Cardiff
1 Jan, 1927[38] – Jan, 1929[39]
Succeeded by
H. Evelyn C. Blagrove
Preceded by
Herbert A. Forster
Naval Assistant to Admiral Commanding Reserves
20 Sep, 1932[40] – 20 Sep, 1934[41]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. Bradley
Preceded by
James V. Creagh
Captain of H.M.S. Shoreham
22 Mar, 1935[42]
Succeeded by
Allan Poland
Preceded by
Douglas B. Fisher
Senior Officer, Persian Gulf
22 Mar, 1935 – 20 Mar, 1937
Succeeded by
George H. Faulkner
Preceded by
Humphrey B. Jacomb
Naval Assistant to Admiral Commanding Reserves
18 Dec, 1939[43] – 13 Jan, 1941[44]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Noel F. Laurence
Admiral Commanding Reserves
13 Jan, 1941[45] – 26 Mar, 1941[46]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  2. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 363.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 347.
  5. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  6. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 890.
  8. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 863.
  10. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  11. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  12. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  13. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  14. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  15. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  16. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 363.
  17. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  18. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  19. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  20. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395k.
  22. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  23. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  24. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  25. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397t.
  27. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  28. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  29. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 890.
  30. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  31. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  32. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 863.
  33. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  34. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  35. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  36. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  37. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  38. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  39. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  40. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  41. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  42. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 275.
  43. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  44. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  45. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.
  46. Butler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/68. f. 205.