William Blake Fisher

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Admiral William Fisher, seen here as a Rear-Admiral.

Admiral William Blake Fisher, C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (19 February, 1853 – 8 May, 1926) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Fisher was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 30 January, 1877.[1]

On 9 March, 1883, Fisher was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Royal Humane Society after rescuing, with Boy Rose, a T. Hunt, who was stuck under an overturned boat.[2][3]

Fisher was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1890.[4]

On 11 January, 1897, he was appointed in command of the torpedo cruiser Cossack.[5]

Captain

Fisher was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1896.[6]

On 6 November, 1900, for his services in South Africa, Blake was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.).[7] On 19 June, 1901, he paid off Magicienne, and went on leave until 15 July. From 16 July to 26 August 1901, he commanded the first-class protected cruiser Amphitrite in the annual manœuvres. After two days on leave, on 29 August he took command of the battleship Anson.[8] He was superseded in Anson on 4 September, 1903.[Citation needed] After a short period on Half-Pay, on 30 September he was appointed to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich for the war course. Following the course, he was appointed to commission the new battleship Cornwallis, effective 9 February, 1904.[9]

On 24 January, 1905, Fisher was appointed to Vivid for command of the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport.[10] He was appointed Commodore, Second Class on 13 March. He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 23 November, 1906, vice Barlow.[11]

Flag Rank

Fisher was superseded in command of the naval barracks on 8 January, 1907. On 9 September he was appointed to President for a signal course, and on 1 October was appointed to take a course at the Royal Naval War College, which he completed on 24 January, 1908. From 27 January to 21 February he took Gunnery and Torpedo Courses, also at Portsmouth. He remained on Half-Pay until 25 August, when he was appointed Rear-Admiral Second in Command of the Atlantic Fleet in succession to Sir John R. Jellicoe. He hoisted his flag in the Trafalgar at Chatham, and transferred it to H.M.S. Albemarle the following day.

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 19 July, 1911, vice Giffard.[12]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, Fisher was placed on the Retired List on 27 August, 1914.[13] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List dated 24 October.[14]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral W. B. Fisher" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 25 May, 1926. Issue 44280, col C, p. 19.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles H. Cross
Captain of H.M.S. Cossack
1 Jan, 1894[15] – 11 Jan, 1897[16]
Succeeded by
Montague G. Cartwright
Preceded by
Philip F. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Magicienne
18 Apr, 1899[17] – 19 Jun, 1901[18]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Amphitrite
16 Jul, 1901[19]
Succeeded by
William S. Rees
Preceded by
William Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Anson
29 Aug, 1901[20] – 16 Sep, 1903[21]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. C. Galloway
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Cornwallis
9 Feb, 1904[22] – Jan, 1905[Inference]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Coke
Preceded by
Harry S. F. Niblett
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
24 Jan, 1905[23] – 8 Jan, 1907[24]
Succeeded by
Frederic E. E. Brock
Preceded by
Sir John R. Jellicoe
Second-in-Command, Atlantic Fleet
25 Aug, 1908[25] – 26 Aug, 1909[26]
Succeeded by
Sir Colin R. Keppel

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24413. p. 502. 2 February, 1877.
  2. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  3. The Royal Navy List (July, 1884). p. 371.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26007. p. 7553. 31 December, 1889.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 22 January, 1897. Issue 35107, col E, p. 11.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26809. p. 3. 1 January, 1897.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27244. p. 6766. 6 November, 1900.
  8. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 25 January, 1904. Issue 37299, col E, p. 4.
  10. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 16 March, 1905. Issue 37656, col C, p. 11.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 27971. p. 8300. 27 November, 1906.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 28515. p. 5432. 21 July, 1911.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 28881. p. 6794. 28 August, 1914.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 28984. p. 9690. 24 November, 1914.
  15. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  16. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  17. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  18. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  19. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  20. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  21. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  22. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 25 January, 1904. Issue 37299, col E, p. 4.
  23. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 16 March, 1905. Issue 37656, col C, p. 11.
  24. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  25. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.
  26. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 459.