Alexander Percy Davidson

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Alexander Percy Davidson, D.S.O., Royal Navy (30 March, 1868 – 11 February, 1930) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Davidson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1891.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1903.[2]

On the occasion of the coronation of King George V Davidson was promoted to the rank of Captain dated 22 June, 1911.[3]

He served as captain of the battleship Albion from August 1912 until 17 November 1913, when he was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Aboukir.[4]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Cornwallis on 1 June, 1914.[5]

Great War

He was appointed to command the battleship Duncan on 6 August, 1914.[6]

He was again appointed command of Cornwallis on 21 January, 1915,[7] following a brief tenure under Charles E. Le Mesurier since September.[8]

On 25 April, 1915, he landed to command marines and sailors supporting efforts to capture a battery position, and he oversaw naval aspects of the evacuation of Suvla Bay at the turn of 1916. After Cornwallis was torpedoed, he was given command of Hindustan as part of the operations against Zeebrugge.[9]

On 1 June, 1918, Davidson was appointed in charge of the Dockyard and Naval Establishments at Dover.[10]

Post-War

He was appointed in command of Thunderer on 1 June, 1920.[11]

Davidson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 27 September, 1921 and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 28 September. He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 25 October, 1926.[12]

See Also

  • Service Records
  • "Vice-Admiral A. P. Davidson" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 12 February, 1930. Issue 45435, col E, pg. 16.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Richard Sullivan
Captain of H.M.S. Pandora
1 Jan, 1908[13][14] – 1 Jan, 1910[15]
Succeeded by
Bertram S. Evans
Preceded by
Richard G. A. W. Stapleton-Cotton
Captain of H.M.S. Pelorus
12 Aug, 1910[16][17] – 14 Jul, 1911[18]
Succeeded by
Peter W. E. Hill
Preceded by
Judge D'Arcy
Captain of H.M.S. Albion
20 Aug, 1912[19] – 14 Jun, 1913[20]
Succeeded by
Richard G. A. W. Stapleton-Cotton
Preceded by
Guy L. Sclater
Captain of H.M.S. Aboukir
17 Nov, 1913[21][22] – Jul, 1914[23]
Succeeded by
John E. Drummond
Preceded by
Cunningham R. de C. Foot
Captain of H.M.S. Cornwallis
1 Jun, 1914[24][25] – Jul, 1914[26]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Le Mesurier
Preceded by
Maurice D. Evans
Captain of H.M.S. Duncan
6 Aug, 1914[27][28] – 21 Jan, 1915[29]
Succeeded by
Hugh L. P. Heard
Preceded by
Charles E. Le Mesurier
Captain of H.M.S. Cornwallis
21 Jan, 1915[30][31] – 9 Jan, 1917[32]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Charles W. Keighly-Peach
Captain of H.M.S. Hindustan
18 Feb, 1918[33] – 15 May, 1918[34]
Succeeded by
Lewis Levy
Preceded by
Frederick A. Powlett
Captain of H.M.S. Thunderer
1 Jun, 1920[35][36] – 11 Aug, 1920[37]
Succeeded by
Alan Dixon
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26188. p. 4070. 31 July, 1891.
  2. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28505. p. 4596. 19 June, 1911.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 271.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 30 May, 1914. Issue 40537, col A, p. 4.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 308.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393e.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 298.
  9. "Vice-Admiral A. P. Davidson" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 12 February, 1930. Issue 45435, col E, pg. 16.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). p. 3.
  11. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 18 May, 1920. Issue 42413, col F, p. 16.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 33221. p. 7406. 16 November, 1926.
  13. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 352.
  15. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  16. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 352.
  18. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  19. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  20. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  21. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  22. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 271.
  23. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  24. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  25. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 30 May, 1914. Issue 40537, col A, p. 4.
  26. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  27. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  28. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 308.
  29. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  30. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393i.
  32. "Vice-Admiral A. P. Davidson" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 12 February, 1930. Issue 45435, col E, pg. 16.
  33. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  34. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  35. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.
  36. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 18 May, 1920. Issue 42413, col F, p. 16.
  37. Davidson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/6. ff. 7, 53.