Cyril Asser

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Captain Cyril Asser, Royal Navy (13 December, 1874 – 8 March, 1945) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

He was primarily a destroyer captain. His Service Record appears remarkably free of criticism.

Life & Career

Gained seven months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1889.[1]

Asser was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in October, 1896.[2]

On 9 April 1900, he was invalided from Phoenix, afflicted with "Chronic Diarrhœa." He was sent home by contract steamer through the Suez Canal, arriving on 21 May. He was not found fit again until mid-September.[3]

Asser was appointed in command of the destroyer Boyne on 22 May, 1905.[4] He was noted by Vice Admiral Noel as being "an excellent officer in cd of a destroyer."[5]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1907.[6]

He attended the Royal Navy War College as a Lieutenant from November 1905, but did not complete the course.

On 25 February, 1909, Asser was appointed in command of the destroyer Mohawk.[7]

Great War

Asser was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1914.

Asser was almost immediately appointed as Britain's Superintendent of Contract-built T.B.Ds., where he remained until being appointed in command of the light cruiser Yarmouth on 1 July, 1918 as she transferred from the Third Light Cruiser Squadron to the Second Light Cruiser Squadron. Asser had the honour of commanding Yarmouth when she participated in the surrender of the German High Sea Fleet on 21 November, 1918.[8]

Post-War

Asser was superseded in command of Yarmouth on 1 March, 1919. One month later, he was given his last naval appointment, as Captain in charge of Ships for disposal at Devonport, to remain there "until the number of such ships has been considerably reduced." It seems this work went on even past Asser's own disposal date, as he was superseded in the position on 2 April, 1921. There is no mention of further work for him, and he idled until being placed on the Retired List at his own request on 5 June, 1922.[9]

Asser died at Beech, Alton, Hants., of a cerebral hemorrhage while in a coma, on 8 March, 1945.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Herbert N. Hunter
Captain of H.M.S. Fairy
Mar, 1901[11] – 13 Feb, 1902[12]
Succeeded by
Ernest E. Parker
Preceded by
George V. W. Carey
Captain of H.M.S. Decoy
14 Feb, 1902[13][14] – 1 Jul, 1902[15]
Succeeded by
Henry R. Heathcote
Preceded by
Charles P. Mansel
Captain of H.M.S. Fame
1 Jul, 1902[16] – 1 Jan, 1903[17]
Succeeded by
Cyril Asser
Preceded by
Robert G. Corbett
Captain of H.M.S. Janus
1 Jan, 1903[18][19] – 17 Nov, 1903[20]
Succeeded by
John A. Gregory
Preceded by
Cyril Asser
Captain of H.M.S. Fame
17 Nov, 1903[21] – 11 Oct, 1904[22]
Succeeded by
Ernest Stevenson
Preceded by
Walter H. Cowan
Captain of H.M.S. Ostrich
28 Mar, 1905[23] – 22 May, 1905[24]
Succeeded by
George W. McO. Campbell
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Boyne
22 May, 1905[25][26] – 28 May, 1906[27]
Succeeded by
Ernest E. Parker
Preceded by
Joseph A. Shuter
Captain of H.M.S. Foyle
28 May, 1906[28][29] – 25 Feb, 1909[30]
Succeeded by
Percy Withers
Preceded by
Cecil H. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Mohawk
25 Feb, 1909[31][32] – 31 May, 1910[33]
Succeeded by
Hugh Gaultier-Coghill Somerville
Preceded by
Charles D. Carpendale
Captain of H.M.S. Bacchante
8 May, 1912[34][35] – 10 Aug, 1912[36]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Algernon D. E. H. Boyle
Preceded by
?
Captain Superintendent of T.B.Ds. Building by Contract
4 Jan, 1915[37] – 1 Jul, 1918[38]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Henry E. Grace
Captain of H.M.S. Yarmouth
1 Jul, 1918[39][40] – 1 Mar, 1919[41]
Succeeded by
Arthur B. Hughes

Footnotes

  1. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  2. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  3. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  4. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 287.
  5. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 28096. p. 34. 3 January, 1908.
  7. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 346.
  8. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  9. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  10. "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Saturday, 10 March, 1945. Issue 50088, col A, p. 1.
  11. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  12. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  13. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  14. "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 20 February 1902. (36696), p. 10.
  15. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  16. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  17. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  18. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  19. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 275.
  20. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  21. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  22. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  23. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  24. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  25. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  26. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 287.
  27. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  28. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  29. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 319.
  30. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  31. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  32. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 346.
  33. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  34. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  35. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 282.
  36. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  37. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  38. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  39. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  40. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 945a.
  41. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.