Edwyn Sinclair Alexander-Sinclair, Twelfth Laird of Freswick

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Admiral Sir Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair, as a Rear-Admiral during the First World War.
Portrait: Francis Dodd.

Admiral THE MUCH HONOURED SIR Edwyn Sinclair Alexander-Sinclair, G.C.B., M.V.O, Royal Navy (12 December, 1865 – 13 November, 1945) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Early Life & Career

Edwyn Sinclair Alexander was born at Malta on 12 December, 1865, the second son of Captain John Hobhouse Inglis Alexander, C.B., Royal Navy, and Isabella Barbara. He entered the Royal Navy and joined the entered the Royal Navy as a Naval Cadet, being appointed to the training ship Britannia at Dartmouth on 15 January, 1879. He left Britannia on 23 December, 1880, and on 24 December was appointed to the battleship Iron Duke, flagship on the China Station. He was rated Midshipman on 24 August, 1881, and on 19 December, 1882, he was appointed to her sister-ship Audacious. On 25 July, 1884, he was appointed to the battleship Sultan in the Channel Squadron, where he remained until 23 September, 1885, when he joined the corvette Active of the Training Squadron. He was appointed Acting Sub-Lieutenant on 6 January, 1886, and confirmed in the rank on 6 May.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 January, 1890.[2] On 18 February he was appointed Flag Lieutenant to Rear-Admiral Tracey, Rear-Admiral Second-in-Command of the Channel Squadron.[3] On 12 September he was reappointed to the Alexandra as Flag Lieutenant to Tracey's successor, Rear-Admiral Loftus F. Jones.[4]

He was appointed to Victory on 3 August, 1897, as Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bart.[5]

Alexander-Sinclair was promoted to the rank of Commander on 11 January, 1901.[6]

Captain

Alexander-Sinclair was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1905.[7]

He was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) dated 1 October, 1908.[8]

On 1 September, 1913, he was appointed in command of Temeraire.[9]

Great War

On 8 February, 1915, Alexander-Sinclair was appointed Commodore, Second Class Commanding the First Light Cruiser Squadron, and he hoisted his broad pendant in the Galatea on 16 February.[10]

In the King's Birthday Honours of 3 June, 1916, Alexander-Sinclair was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.).[11]. On 26 April, 1917, he was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral,[12] and on 11 July he was appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding, Sixth Light Cruiser Squadron with his flag in the Cardiff.[13]

Post-War Commands

Alexander-Sinclair was appointed an Additional Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 1 January, 1919.[14]

Alexander-Sinclair was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 4 April, 1922, vice Phipps Hornby.[15]

On 4 October, 1926, he was promoted to the rank of Admiral, vice Browning.[16]

Alexander-Sinclair was appointed First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V on 23 May, 1930.[17] He was placed on the Retired List on 12 December.[18] In the King's Birthday Honours of 3 June of that year, Alexander-Sinclair 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.).[19]

Footnotes

  1. ADM 196/42. f. 361.
  2. London Gazette: no. 26007. p. 7553. 31 December, 1889.
  3. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 8 February, 1890. Issue 32930, col B, pg. 6.
  4. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 10 September, 1890. Issue 33113, col E, pg. 7.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 27 July, 1897. Issue 35266, col F, pg. 10.
  6. London Gazette: no. 27266. p. 310. 15 January, 1901.
  7. London Gazette: no. 27812. p. 4557. 30 June, 1905.
  8. London Gazette: no. 28184. p. 7295. 9 October, 1908.
  9. Navy List (December, 1914). p. 384.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List (March, 1915). p. 6.
  11. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29608. p. 5553. 2 June, 1916.
  12. London Gazette: no. 30037. p. 3955. 27 April, 1917.
  13. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List (November, 1918). p. 5.
  14. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 106. 1 January, 1919.
  15. London Gazette: no. 32668. p. 2934. 11 April, 1922.
  16. London Gazette: no. 33209. p. 6440. 8 October, 1926.
  17. London Gazette: no. 33608. p. 3233. 23 May, 1930.
  18. London Gazette: no. 33670. p. 8076. 16 December, 1930.
  19. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33611. p. 3475. 3 June, 1918.

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 14 November, 1945. Issue 50299, col E, pg. 7.

Service Records

See Also

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Rosslyn E. Wemyss
Captain of the Royal Naval College, Osborne
1905 – 1908
Succeeded by
Arthur H. Christian
Preceded by
William E. Goodenough
Rear-Admiral Commanding, First Light Cruiser Squadron
1915 – 1917
Succeeded by
Walter H. Cowan
Preceded by
New Command
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Sixth Light Cruiser Squadron
1917 – 1919
Succeeded by
Command Renamed
Preceded by
Allen T. Hunt
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Third Light Cruiser Squadron
1919
Succeeded by
Sir George P. W. Hope
Preceded by
Sir Charles L. Vaughan-Lee
Admiral Superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard
1920 – 1922
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund P. F. Grant
Preceded by
Sir William C. M. Nicholson
Vice-Admiral Commanding, First Battle Squadron
1922 – 1924
Succeeded by
William W. Fisher
Preceded by
Sir Allan F. Everett
Commander-in-Chief on the China Station
1925 – 1926
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt, Bart.
Preceded by
Sir William E. Goodenough
Commander-in-Chief at the Nore
1927 – 1930
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt, Bart.
Preceded by
Sir William E. Goodenough
First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
1930
Succeeded by
Sir Walter H. Cowan, Bart.