William Coldingham Masters Nicholson

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Sir William C. M. Nicholson.

Admiral SIR William Coldingham Masters Nicholson, K.C.B., Royal Navy (28 October, 1863 – 9 January, 1932) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Nicholson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 21 August, 1885.[1]

Nicholson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1898.[2]

Captain

Nicholson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1905.[3]

He assumed command of the new armoured cruiser Berwick in January 1908.[4]

He was appointed to command the armoured cruiser Achilles on 23 November 1908.[5]

Appointed Captain of H.M.S. Vernon on 1 November 1911,[6] a post he would retain for three years. [7]

Great War

Nicholson as Rear-Admiral, 1916.

Appointed captain of Emperor of India on 15 September, 1914.[8]

On 10 June 1916, Nicholson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral, vice Nelson-Ward.[9] On 15 September 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.) dated 31 May.[10]

He was appointed Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron, hoisting his flag in the Emperor of India on 7 December. His staff was composed of Henry Rogers, Secretary, Roden H. V. Buxton, Flag Lieutenant, and Maurice H. Elliot, Clerk to Secretary.[11]

Post-War

Nicholson was appointed an Additional Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 24 March, 1919.[12]

Nicholson was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 24 November, 1920, vice Nicholson.[13]

Nicholson was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 1 July, 1925, vice Duff.[14] He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 14 October.[15]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir William Nicholson" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 11 January, 1932. Issue 46027, col A, p. 14.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry A. Phillipps
Captain of H.M.S. Antelope
10 Sep, 1902[16][17] – 30 Nov, 1904[18]
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Shuter
Preceded by
Lewis Clinton-Baker
Captain of H.M.S. Berwick
15 Jan, 1908[19] – 2 Sep, 1908[20]
Succeeded by
Hugh T. Hibbert
Preceded by
Henry F. Oliver
Captain of H.M.S. Achilles
23 Nov, 1908[21][22] – 18 Apr, 1911[23]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Stanhope Hawke
Preceded by
Robert S. P. Hornby
Captain of H.M.S. Vernon
1 Nov, 1911[24] – 15 Sep, 1914[25]
Succeeded by
Frederick L. Field
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Emperor of India
15 Sep, 1914[26] – 30 Jun, 1915[27]
Succeeded by
Charles W. R. Royds
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Canada
30 Jun, 1915[28][29] – 1 Dec, 1916[30]
Succeeded by
James C. Ley
Preceded by
Alexander L. Duff
Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron
1 Dec, 1916[31] – 20 Mar, 1919[32]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Victor A. Stanley
Preceded by
Charles Bartolomé
Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
1 Jul, 1919[33] – 15 Apr, 1920[34]
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick L. Field
Preceded by
Sir Arthur C. Leveson
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Second Battle Squadron
1 Oct, 1920[35] – 3 May, 1921[36]
Succeeded by
William C. M. Nicholson, V.A.C. First Battle Squadron
Preceded by
Sir Sydney R. Fremantle
Vice-Admiral Commanding, First Battle Squadron
3 May, 1921[37] – 14 Oct, 1922
Succeeded by
Sir Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25514. p. 4516. 25 September, 1885.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26924. p. 7854. 31 December, 1897.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27812. p. 4557. 30 June, 1905.
  4. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  5. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  6. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  7. Blond. Technology and Tradition. p. 167.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 311.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29629. p. 6066. 20 June, 1916.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9070. 15 September, 1916.
  11. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393l.
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31248. p. 3859. 24 March, 1919.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 32154. p. 12054. 7 December, 1920.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 33068. p. 4866. 21 July, 1925.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 33093. p. 6693. 16 October, 1925.
  16. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  17. The Navy List. (January, 1904). p. 273.
  18. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  19. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  20. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  21. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  22. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 272.
  23. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  24. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  25. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  26. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  27. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  28. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  29. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392rr.
  30. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  31. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 2.
  32. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  33. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 214.
  34. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 77.
  35. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 194.
  36. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 77.
  37. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 23 March, 1921. Issue 42676, col D, p. 12.