Arthur Charles Strutt

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Vice-Admiral THE HONOURABLE Arthur Charles Strutt, C.B.E., Royal Navy, Retired (2 October, 1878 – 10 February, 1973) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War. He served as the Master of the Fleet to Admiral Sir David Beatty in the Grand Fleet. After the war, he was Director of Navigation from 1923 to 1925.

Life & Career

On 4 October, 1899, he was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, dated 15 June, 1898.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant dated 31 December, 1900, subject to Article 241, clause 4, of the Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions.[2]

He was appointed to Queen Mary as Navigating Officer on 15 February, 1913.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 30 June, 1913.[4]

Great War

Strutt was fortunate to be transferred from Queen Mary to Lion on 30 November, 1915,[5] thus avoiding being lost with her at the Battle of Jutland.


On 27 September 1920, Strutt was appointed in command of the light cruiser Constance.[6]

Strutt was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V on 8 April, 1928, vice Pilcher.[7]

Strutt was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 28 February, 1929, vice Addison, and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 March.[8]

Who was Who

STRUTT, Vice-Adm. Hon. Arthur Charles CBE 1928

Born 2 Oct. 1878; 2nd s of 3rd Baron Rayleigh and Evelyn, d of J. M. Balfour of Whittingehame, and Blanche, d of 2nd Marquis of Salisbury; m 1934, Hon. Mrs Cyril Ward; died 10 Feb. 1973

EDUCATION HMS Britannia, etc

CAREER Served as Master of the Fleet in HMS Queen Elizabeth under the Flag of Earl Beatty, 1916–18; Director of Navigation, Admiralty, 1923–25; Lieut, 1900; Comdr, 1913; Capt. 1917; Rear-Adm., 1929; retired, 1929; Vice-Adm., retired, 1933

ADDRESS 3 Whitehall Court, SW1 01–930 3160


  • "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Monday, 12 February, 1973. Issue 58705, col C, pg. 24.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Oliver E. Leggett
Master of the Fleet
Succeeded by
James A. G. Troup
Preceded by
Frederick P. Loder-Symonds
Captain of H.M.S. Cleopatra
16 Oct, 1918[9] – 29 Nov, 1918[Citation needed]
Succeeded by
Walter R. G. Petre
Preceded by
Arthur H. Oldham
Captain of H.M.S. Enchantress
29 Nov, 1918[10]
Succeeded by
Richard G. A. W. Stapleton-Cotton
Preceded by
Edward C. Kennedy
Captain of H.M.S. Constance
27 Sep, 1920[11] – 5 Mar, 1923
Succeeded by
James D. Campbell
Preceded by
Claude Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
Jul, 1926[12]
Succeeded by
Kenneth G. B. Dewar


  1. The London Gazette: no. 27123. p. 6064. 6 October, 1899.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  3. The Navy List. (October, 1913). p. 364.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 28733. p. 4640. 1 July, 1913.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395vv.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 751.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 33376. p. 2741. 17 April, 1928.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 33474. p. 1575. 5 March, 1929.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 758.
  10. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 787.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 751.
  12. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.