Forster Delafield Arnold-Forster

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Rear-Admiral Forster Delafield Arnold-Forster, R.N. (27 August, 1876 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of E. P. Arnold-Forster, Esq. J.P., Forster gained a commendable twelve months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1891. His evaluations throughout his career teemed with superlatives.

Arnold-Forster was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in February, 1897.[1]

Around 1907, Arnold-Forster prepared a Notebook on Electricity and Magnetism which impressed the Admiralty enough that it was adopted for use in ships' libraries.[2]

Following a year in which he suggested time-saving improvements to a war game while at a War Course, Arnold-Forster was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1908.[3]

On 7 October 1909, he was granted two months' time on half pay on account of urgent private affairs. On 17 November, he was appointed to the battleship Jupiter.[4]

On 12 April, 1911, Arnold-Forster left Jupiter to take up an appointment at Vernon for experimental torpedo work and for command of Rocket.

Arnold-Forster was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Apollo on 1 January, 1914.[5]

Arnold-Forster was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Latona on 7 August, 1915. He would be awarded a C.M.G. for his work in mining in her, invested at Buckingham Palace on 3 July, 1918. Promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1916, Arnold-Forster was superseded in command of Latona on 13 September, 1916. He was presently placed in command of the Macedonia and moved over to Teutonic on 8 September, 1917, assuming command on 1 October.[6]

In January 1918, Arnold-Forster was appointed to provide duty on the staff of the Director of the Anti-Submarine Division.

Post-War

Arnold-Forster temporarily became Director of the Anti-Submarine Division on 2 January, 1919 but gave up the post upon being appointed in command of the light cruiser Champion on 7 April, 1919.[7][8]

On 4 April, 1921, he was sent to Portsmouth for a Senior Officers' Technical Course. He ended his naval career with an appointment as Captain in Charge, Simonstown, assuming command on 15 June, 1921. He kept busy, revising the scheme of Manoeuvring Signals, though there remained resistance to its adoption. He retired from the Royal Navy on 31 March, 1923.[9]

Arnold-Forster was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 July, 1927.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward A. D. Masterman
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
12 Apr, 1911[11] – 16 Jun, 1911[12]
Succeeded by
Forster D. Arnold-Forster
Preceded by
Forster D. Arnold-Forster
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
25 Jul, 1911[13] – 1 Aug, 1911[14]
Succeeded by
William L. Elder
Preceded by
Robert W. Myburgh
Captain of H.M.S. Albacore
1 Aug, 1911[15] – 10 Jan, 1912[16]
Succeeded by
Julian H. Woodbridge
Preceded by
Harold E. Browne
Captain of H.M.S. Apollo
1 Jan, 1914[17][18] – 22 Nov, 1914[19]
Succeeded by
Walter R. G. Petre
Preceded by
Thomas H. M. Maurice
Captain of H.M.S. Latona
7 Aug, 1915[20][21] – mid Sep, 1916[22]
Succeeded by
Cecil V. Usborne
Preceded by
Bertram S. Evans
Captain of H.M.S. Macedonia
Oct, 1916[23] – Jul, 1917[24]
Succeeded by
Charles La P. Lewin
Preceded by
John S. Luard
Captain of H.M.S. Teutonic
Sep, 1917[25] – 11 Jan, 1918[26]
Succeeded by
Otto H. Hawke-Genn
Preceded by
William W. Fisher
Director of the Anti-Submarine Division
2 Jan, 1919[27][28] – 7 Apr, 1919[29]
Succeeded by
Gilbert O. Stephenson
Preceded by
Arthur B. S. Dutton
Captain of H.M.S. Champion
7 Apr, 1919[30][31] – 4 Apr, 1921[32]
Succeeded by
Gregory G. C. Wood-Martin
Preceded by
James U. Farie
as Senior Naval Officer, Simonstown
Captain in Charge, Simonstown
20 May, 1921[33] – 19 Dec, 1922[34]
Succeeded by
Gordon Campbell

Footnotes

  1. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  2. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  3. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  4. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 280.
  6. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  7. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 744.
  9. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  10. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  11. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  12. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  13. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  14. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  15. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  16. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  17. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  18. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 280.
  19. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  20. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395j.
  22. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186. Day of month is illegible.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 401q.
  24. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  25. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  26. Teutonic's Logbook.
  27. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  28. "The Anti-Submarine Division" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 29 January, 1919. Issue 42010, col E, p. 5.
  29. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  30. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 744.
  32. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  33. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.
  34. Arnold-Forster Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/166. f. 186.