Edward George Lowther-Crofton

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Edward George Lowther-Crofton, D.S.O., Royal Navy (9 August, 1873 – 19 July, 1942) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Lowther-Crofton was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant dated 14 September, 1892, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant dated 14 March, 1893.[1]

In 1900, Lowther-Crofton wrote a helpful report on the Russian pre-dreadnought battleship Petropavlovsk. In 1901, he was thanked for his report on the American battleship Kentucky.[2]

Lowther-Crofton was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 June, 1902, aged twenty-eight years, ten months and seventeen days.[3] He was appointed to the armoured cruiser Hogue on 1 July, 1903.[4] On 21 May, 1904, he was appointed Commander of the armoured cruiser Suffolk.[5]

In 1905, he was castigated by the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean for committing an indiscretion by being present at a dinner, possibly aboard H.M.S. Lancaster.[6]

Captain

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1909.[7] Although he had spent over seven years as a Commander, he was still only thirty-six when promoted to Captain.

In May 1911, he assumed command of the depot ship St. George.

In September, 1912, the torpedo boats T.B. 27 and T.B. 30 collided and Lowther-Crofton was blamed for not having issued more explicit orders.[8]

He was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Juno on 20 January, 1913.

Great War

Lowther-Crofton was appointed in command of the battleship Cæsar on 1 February, 1915. In May of that year, he was thanked for the resource and ability he displayed in attempting to secure the release of British subjects captured by the Moors.[9]

Lowther-Crofton was relieved in command as Senior Naval Officer, Tyne in 1918 due to dissatisfaction at how he was carrying out his duties.

Post-War

Lowther-Crofton was appointed to Hecla II as Senior Naval Officer, Buncrana, on 15 July, 1919.[10]

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 7 October, 1920, vice Powlett.[11]

Lowther-Crofton was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 1 March, 1926.[12]

Lowther-Crofton died of prostate cancer.[13]

Bibliography

  • "Vice-Adml. Lowther-Crofton" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 24 July, 1942. Issue 49296, col E, pg. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
David Beatty
Captain of H.M.S. Suffolk
13 Sep, 1905[14]c. late Sep, 1905[Inference]
Succeeded by
Rosslyn E. Wemyss
Preceded by
Herbert A. S. Fyler
Captain of H.M.S. Sirius
9 Aug, 1906[15][16] – 29 Sep, 1908[17]
Succeeded by
Reginald G. Copleston
Preceded by
Reginald G. Copleston
Captain of H.M.S. Sirius
10 Jun, 1909[18] – 14 Jul, 1909[19]
Succeeded by
Spencer R. S. Richards
Preceded by
Ernest K. Loring
Captain of H.M.S. Spartiate
24 Jun, 1910[20]c. 29 Jul, 1910[21]
Succeeded by
Thomas D. Pratt
Preceded by
Guy L. Sclater
Captain of H.M.S. St. George
29 May, 1911[22] – 1 May, 1912[23]
Succeeded by
Vincent B. Molteno
Preceded by
Godfrey M. Paine
Captain of H.M.S. Diamond
1 May, 1912[24][25] – 20 Jan, 1913[26]
Succeeded by
Lawrence L. Dundas
Preceded by
Noel Grant
Captain (D), Fifth Destroyer Flotilla
1 May, 1912[27][28] – 27 Jan, 1914[29]
Succeeded by
Charles P. R. Coode
Preceded by
Arthur H. C. C. Home
Captain of H.M.S. Juno
20 Jan, 1913[30][31] – 27 Jan, 1914[32]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. A. Blomefield
Preceded by
?
Captain (D), Ninth Destroyer Flotilla
20 Jan, 1913[33][34] – 27 Jan, 1914[35]
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
Walter H. Cowan
Assistant to the Admiral of Patrols
7 Feb, 1914[36] – 1 Feb, 1915[37]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Edward W. E. Wemyss
Captain of H.M.S. Cæsar
1 Feb, 1915[38][39] – 10 Dec, 1915[40]
Succeeded by
Cunningham R. de C. Foot
Preceded by
Frederick K. C. Gibbons
Captain of H.M.S. Satellite
20 Mar, 1916[41][42] – 14 Mar, 1918[43]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Frederick K. C. Gibbons
Senior Naval Officer, Tyne
20 Mar, 1916 – 13 Mar, 1918
Succeeded by
William Bowden-Smith
Preceded by
Frank Finnis
Senior Naval Officer, Buncrana
15 Jul, 1919 – 31 Dec, 1919
Succeeded by
?
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26508. p. 2510. 1 May, 1894.
  2. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27448. p. 4198. 26 June, 1902.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 24 June, 1903. Issue 37115, col E, p. 9.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 26 April, 1904. Issue 37378, col E, p. 10.
  6. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 28325. p. 29. 4 January, 1910.
  8. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  9. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  10. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 17 July, 1919. Issue 42154, col G, p. 16.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 32081. p. 9891. 12 October, 1920.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 33139. p. 1650. 5 March, 1926.
  13. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  14. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  15. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  16. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 375.
  17. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  18. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  19. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  20. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  21. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  22. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  23. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  24. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  25. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 301.
  26. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  27. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 25 April, 1912. Issue 39882, col E, p. 10.
  28. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  29. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  30. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  31. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 335.
  32. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  33. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  34. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 335.
  35. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  36. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  37. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  38. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  39. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392o.
  40. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  41. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.
  42. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 397w.
  43. Lowther-Crofton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/316. f.347.