Francis Starkie Clayton

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Admiral Francis Starkie Clayton, Royal Navy, Retired (19 July, 1838 – 21 October, 1913) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 4 April, 1870.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 27 February, 1879.[2]

Clayton committed to his diary in July, 1887:

I am still uncertain about my movements as the Admiral has not yet got the requisite permission [by] telegram. Really, it is too bad that an Admiral can't move about his own station without permission from home—centralisation with a vengeance. It is a great pity, all owing to that tiresome telegraph—he may not go out of reach of the plague [sic] without leave.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 1 January, 1901.[4]

He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 16 June, 1904.[5]


  1. London Gazette: no. 23605. p. 2099. 8 April, 1870.
  2. London Gazette: no. 24686. p. 1793. 28 February, 1879.
  3. Quoted in The Naval Miscellany. VI. p. 360.
  4. London Gazette: no. 27262. p. 4. 1 January, 1901.
  5. London Gazette: no. 27692. p. 4259. 5 July, 1904.


  • "Admiral Clayton" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 23 October, 1913. Issue 40350, col D, pg. 11.

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