Wilbraham Tennyson Randle Ford

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Admiral SIR Wilbraham Tennyson Randle Ford, K.C.B., K.B.E. (19 January, 1880 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Ford was born in Jersey, the son of Charles William Randall Ford, a Major in the British Army.[1]

Ford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 26 June, 1902. He was a very good boxer, and won the Navy and Army Middleweight Championship in 1904. He qualified as a Navigation Officer for First Class ships with a First Class rating on 23 August, 1906.[2][3]

Ford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 26 June, 1910.[4]

Ford was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1914.[5]

Post-War

Ford was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1920.[6]

Ford married Violet Olive Dunsterville on 4 October, 1924 and was appointed in command of the light cruiser Calliope on 23 October.[7]

In May, 1929, he was appointed in command of the battleship Royal Oak.

He was appointed Captain of the Portsmouth Navigation School on 20 June, 1930.[8]

Ford was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 2 November, 1932.[9]

Ford was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 29 May, 1937.[10]

Ford was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 31 December, 1941. He was placed on the Retired List on 30 June, 1944.[11]

See Also

Bibliography

  • Schofield, Vice-Admiral B. B. (1977). Navigation and Direction: The Story of HMS Dryad. Havant: Kenneth Mason Publications Ltd. ISBN 085937-087-9.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Harry W. C. Hughes
Captain of H.M.S. Diligence
1 Sep, 1922[12] – Mar, 1924[13]
Succeeded by
John F. Finlayson
Preceded by
John F. Finlayson
Captain of H.M.S. Sandhurst
31 Mar, 1924[14][15] – 25 Aug, 1924[16]
Succeeded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Preceded by
Aubrey T. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Calliope
23 Oct, 1924[17][18] – 16 Oct, 1925[19]
Succeeded by
Miles B. Birkett
Preceded by
Robin C. Dalglish
In Command, Shotley Training Establishment
15 May, 1925[20] – 2 May, 1927
Succeeded by
Francis M. Austin
Preceded by
Percy L. H. Noble
Captain in Charge, Harwich
2 May, 1927[21] – 8 May, 1929[22]
Succeeded by
Francis M. Austin
as Flag Officer in Command, Harwich
Preceded by
Hugh D. Hamilton
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
8 May, 1929[23] – 30 May, 1930[24]
Succeeded by
Henry G. Thursfield
Preceded by
James A. G. Troup
Captain of Portsmouth Navigation School
20 Jun, 1930[25][26] – 10 Jun, 1932[27]
Succeeded by
Oswald H. Dawson
Preceded by
Leonard S. Holbrook
as Commodore Commanding, H.M. Australian Squadron
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Royal Australian Navy Squadron
17 Feb, 1934[28] – 9 Aug, 1936[29]
Succeeded by
Richard H. O. Lane-Poole
as Rear-Admiral Commanding, H.M. Australian Navy Service
Preceded by
Sir Wilfred F. French
Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
26 Dec, 1936[30] – 1 Jan, 1942[31]
Succeeded by
Sir Ralph Leatham
Preceded by
Charles G. Ramsey
Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland
15 Apr, 1942[32]c. 4 May, 1942[33]
Succeeded by
Sir Charles G. Ramsey
as Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
Preceded by
Sir Charles G. Ramsey
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
1 Jun, 1942[34] – 1 Jun, 1944[35]
Succeeded by
Sir William J. Whitworth

Footnotes

  1. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  2. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  3. "Naval, Military and Air Force." The Times (London, England), Friday, May 10, 1929; pg. 22; Issue 45199.
  4. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  5. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  6. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  7. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  8. Schofield. Navigation and Direction: The Story of HMS Dryad. p. 192.
  9. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  10. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  11. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  12. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  13. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 267.
  15. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  16. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 221.
  18. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  19. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  20. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 197.
  21. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 197.
  22. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  23. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  24. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  25. Schofield. Navigation and Direction: The Story of HMS Dryad. p. 192.
  26. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  27. Successor appointed that day. Dawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 384.
  28. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  29. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  30. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  31. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  32. Date his predecessor departed. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  33. Predecessor returned that day to fill in. Ramsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 327.
  34. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.
  35. Ford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 180.