William Archibald Howard Kelly

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Admiral SIR William Archibald Howard Kelly, G.B.E., K.C.B., C.M.G., M.V.O., Royal Navy (6 September, 1873 – 14 September, 1952) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

He was an interpreter in French, appointed to Hebe for two years, commencing in 1894.[1]

On 21 March 1914, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Gloucester.[2]

Kelly was appointed in command of the light cruiser Lowestoft on 25 September, 1917 as Commodore, Second Class, being advanced to Commodore, First Class on 31 January, 1918, serving in her to war's end.[3][4]

Kelly supposedly said at a discussion, "I subscribe to the views of Lord St. Vincent, Lord Nelson, Lord Jellicoe, and Lord Beatty. get your bravery over young and before you command the British Fleet, which must not be deliberately exposed to the risks and chances of night action."[5]

Kelly was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Military Division of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 1 January, 1931.[6]

As a Commodore (second, then first class), he commanded the Eighth Light Cruiser Squadron from September 1917.[7]

Post-war

As a Rear-Admiral, on 15 May, 1925 he was appointed in command of the Second Cruiser Squadron, remaining there for a day past two years.[8]

Bibliography

  • "Adm. Sir Howard Kelly" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 15 September, 1952. Issue 54217, col D, p. 8.
  • Kelly, Howard (1952). "The Old Diplomacy." The Naval Review. Vol. XL. No. 2. pp. 143-147.

Papers

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Price V. Lewes
Captain of H.M.S. Nile
11 Jun, 1907[9] – 28 Dec, 1907[10]
Succeeded by
Pasfield V. Oliver
Preceded by
Herbert A. Adam
Captain of H.M.S. Barham
19 Feb, 1910[11] – 3 Jan, 1911[12]
Succeeded by
Richard G. A. W. Stapleton-Cotton
Preceded by
Edward H. F. Heaton-Ellis
Royal Navy Naval Attaché at Paris
16 Feb, 1911[13] – 16 Mar, 1914[14]
Succeeded by
Michael H. Hodges
Preceded by
Eustace La T. Leatham
Captain of H.M.S. Gloucester
21 Mar, 1914[15][16] – after 15 Mar, 1916[17]
Succeeded by
William F. Blunt
Preceded by
George N. Tomlin
Captain of H.M.S. Weymouth
25 Sep, 1917[18] – 17 Feb, 1918
Succeeded by
The Hon. Bertram T. C. O. Freeman Mitford
Preceded by
Algernon Walker-Heneage-Vivian
as Senior Naval Officer, British Adriatic Force
Commodore Commanding, British Adriatic Force
25 Sep, 1917 – 14 Apr, 1919[19]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Commodore 1st Class Commanding, Eighth Light Cruiser Squadron
25 Sep, 1917[20] – 14 Apr, 1919[21]
Succeeded by
Allan F. Everett
as Rear-Admiral Commanding, Eighth Light Cruiser Squadron
Preceded by
H. Ralph Crooke
Captain of H.M.S. Emperor of India
Sep, 1921[22]
Succeeded by
Arthur K. Macrorie
Preceded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron
3 May, 1923[23]
Succeeded by
William H. D. Boyle
Preceded by
Edward F. Bruen
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Second Cruiser Squadron
15 May, 1925[24] – 16 May, 1927[25]
Succeeded by
Frank Larken
Preceded by
John D. Kelly
Vice-Admiral Commanding, First Battle Squadron
26 Apr, 1929[26][27] – 10 Oct, 1930[28]
Succeeded by
William W. Fisher
Preceded by
Sir Arthur K. Waistell
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
13 Dec, 1930[29] – 11 Mar, 1933[30]
Succeeded by
Sir Frederic C. Dreyer
 

Footnotes

  1. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 125.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 320.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 835.
  4. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 125.
  5. Lowis. p. 209.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33675. p. 3. 1 January, 1931.
  7. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 125.
  8. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/2. f. 230.
  9. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  10. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  11. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  12. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  13. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  14. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394j.
  16. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  17. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  18. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 399f.
  19. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. f. 26c.
  20. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. f. 26c.
  21. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 312.
  22. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 230.
  23. "Flag Changes" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 16 March, 1923. Issue 43291, col E, p. 14.
  24. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/2. f. 230.
  25. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/2. f. 230.
  26. "Flag Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 9 June, 1929. Issue 45096, col G, p. 6.
  27. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 230.
  28. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 230.
  29. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 230.
  30. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 230.