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Revision as of 14:46, 31 July 2012

Admiral SIR Compton Edward Domvile, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., Royal Navy (10 October, 1842 – 19 November, 1924) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Domvile was promoted to the rank of Captain on 27 March, 1876.[1]

Flag Rank

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 23 February, 1897, vice D'Arcy-Irvine.[2]

On the occasion of the Queen's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 21 May, 1898.[3]

Domvile was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 25 January, 1902, vice Fane.[4] On 1 May, he hoisted his flag in Bulwark, but was soon placed on leave.[5]

On 1 November, the Assistant to the Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves, Captain George F. King-Hall, committed to his diary the opinion on Domvile of Prince Louis of Battenberg, the Director of Naval Intelligence:

He writes me, that Domville, the C-in-C is getting quite senile. Forgets things, drinks so much sherry, and, nothing is done, and that if we go to war, there will be a Naval Buller out in Mediterranean. A serious state of things.[6]

A few months later:

Battenberg told me a few days ago, that Domville [sic] was sure to be relieved very soon, otherwise there would be a Scandal. Both Lord Selborne and Lord Walter knew of his failing. Lord Grenfell had told him that things had gone to pieces in the Mediterranean. Half the Captains would not speak to Colville [Chief of the Staff to Domvile].[7]

On the occasion of the King's visit to Malta Domvile was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (G.C.V.O.) on 21 April, 1903.[8]

On 9 November, 1904, he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the First Class, or Knight Grand Cross, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (G.C.B.) in the King's birthday honours.[9]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, he was placed on the Retired List on 10 October, 1907.[10]

Footnotes

  1. London Gazette: no. 24309. p. 2155. 28 March, 1876.
  2. London Gazette: no. 26827. p. 1168. 26 February, 1897.
  3. London Gazette: no. 26969. p. 3229. 21 May, 1898.
  4. London Gazette: no. 27405. p. 844. 11 February, 1902.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 2 May, 1902. Issue 36757, col C, pg. 8.
  6. Diary entry for 1 November, 1902. King-Hall Diaries. Royal Naval Museum.
  7. Diary entry for 13 April, 1903. King-Hall Diaries. Royal Naval Museum.
  8. London Gazette: no. 27560. p. 3525. 2 June, 1903.
  9. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27732. p. 7255. 9 November, 1904.
  10. London Gazette: no. 28068. p. 6813. 11 October, 1907.

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir Compton Domvile" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 21 November, 1924. Issue 43815, col B, pg. 14.

Service Records


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John A. Fisher
Director of Naval Ordnance and Torpedoes
1891 – 1894
Succeeded by
Henry C. Kane
Preceded by
Albert H. Markham
Second-in-Command, Mediterranean
1894 – 1896
Succeeded by
Robert Hastings Harris
Preceded by
Edward H. Seymour
Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves
1897 – 1900
Succeeded by
Gerard H. U. Noel
Preceded by
Sir John A. Fisher
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean
1902 – 1905
Succeeded by
Lord Charles Beresford