Victor Albert Stanley

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Admiral THE HONOURABLE SIR Victor Albert Stanley, K.C.B., M.V.O., Royal Navy (17 January, 1867 – 9 June, 1934) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Early Life & Career

Victor Albert Stanley was born on 17 January, 1867, the second son of Frederick Arthur Stanley, a Conservative politician who was the second son of the fourteenth Earl of Derby, thrice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Queen Victoria was Victor's godmother, and stood as sponsor in person at his christening.

Stanley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 23 August, 1889.[1]

Stanley was appointed Flag Lieutenant to Rear-Admiral Rodney M. Lloyd, Admiral Superintendent at Malta, on 14 April, 1897.[2]

Stanley was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1901.[3]

On the occasion of the King's visit to Kiel Stanley was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) on 1 July, 1904.[4]

Captain

Stanley was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1905.[5]

He was appointed as captain of the armoured cruiser Essex in March 1909.[6]

Stanley was appointed to command the Pomone and for command of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth on 14 August, 1912.[7]

Great War

In August, 1914, Stanley was appointed in command of the new battleship Erin, requisitioned from the Ottoman Empire.[8]

He commanded her operation as part of the Second Battle Squadron at the Battle of Jutland,[9] and reported on her role in the battle.

He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V dated 12 August, 1915, vice Vaughan-Lee.[10]

Stanley was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 26 April, 1917.[11] He was succeeded in command of Erin by Captain Walter M. Ellerton,[12] and was appointed to the Admiralty for special service on 6 July.[13] On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 3 June, 1918,[14] for his services as head of the naval mission to Russia.[15]

Post-War

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 July, 1921, vice Duff.[16]

He was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 1 January, 1925.[17]

Stanley was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 2 March, 1926, vice Hope.[18] He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 8 November.[19]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir Victor Stanley" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 11 June, 1934. Issue 46777, col C, p. 17.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Royal Navy Naval Attaché at St. Petersburg
1 Nov, 1905[20] – Nov, 1908[21]
Succeeded by
Aubrey C. H. Smith
Preceded by
Herbert J. O. Millar
Captain of H.M.S. Essex
24 Mar, 1909[22][23] – 26 Sep, 1911[24]
Succeeded by
John F. E. Green
Preceded by
Hugh Evan-Thomas
Captain of H.M.S. Pomone
14 Aug, 1912[25] – Aug, 1914[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Hugh Evan-Thomas
Captain of Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
14 Aug, 1912[27] – Aug, 1914[28]
Succeeded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Erin
Aug, 1914[29][30] – 26 Apr, 1917[31]
Succeeded by
Walter M. Ellerton
Preceded by
Sir William C. M. Nicholson
Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron
1 Apr, 1919[32] – 1 Apr, 1920[33]
Succeeded by
Henry M. Doughty
Preceded by
Cecil S. Hickley
Admiral of the Training Service
1 Apr, 1920[34] – 1 Jun, 1922[35]
Succeeded by
Position Abolished
Preceded by
Sir William E. Goodenough
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet
4 Mar, 1924[36] – 4 Mar, 1926[37]
Succeeded by
Sir Rudolf W. Bentinck

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25969. p. 4738. 30 August, 1889.
  2. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 9 April, 1897. Issue 35173, col A, p. 8.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27704. p. 5192. 12 August, 1904.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27812. p. 4557. 30 June, 1905.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 8 July, 1912. Issue 39945, col C, p. 11.
  8. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393s.
  9. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 43.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 29280. p. 8636. 31 August, 1915.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 30037. p. 3955. 27 April, 1917.
  12. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393n.
  13. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396v.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30723. p. 6527. 3 June, 1918.
  15. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 32384. p. 5487. 8 July, 1921.
  17. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33007. p. 2. 1 January, 1925.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 33139. p. 1650. 5 March, 1926.
  19. The London Gazette: no. 33222. p. 7477. 19 November, 1926.
  20. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  21. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 93.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 310.
  23. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  24. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  25. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 357.
  26. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  27. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  28. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  29. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  30. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 394e.
  31. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  32. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 432.
  33. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 205.
  34. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 205.
  35. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 93.
  36. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 205.
  37. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 205.