Frederic Archibald Hunter Russel

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Captain (retired) Frederic Archibald Hunter Russel (8 January, 1884 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Russel was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1905.[1]

Russel served in Fame, Hart and Otter before being appointed in Virago on 14 February, 1907. This last destroyer was grounded in 1907 and Russel was judged by a Court of Enquiry to have made an error in judgement. Admiral Moore, however, attested that he still had faith in Russel and so hre remained in Virago until being superseded on 1 May, 1907. In August, he was appointed to the battleship Vengeance before transferrring to the Britannia in October.[2]

On 17 April, 1910, Russel received the first of a series of destroyer commands, this one being in command of Gipsy. In March 1911, when he was ostensibly in command of Dove, Russel hit a dock wall with Dee, having perhaps placed too much confidence in engines that were still under trial and in a temporary crew. His penultimate pre-war appointment was in command of the "C" Class destroyer Avon, commencing on 22 February, 1912. Russel was promoted while in command, to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1913.[3]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Kennet on 15 January, 1914[4] and was in her when war broke out.

Russel was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1917.[5]

In March, 1918, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Trenchant.[6]

Russel was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 7 July, 1930.[7]

World War II

Russel was granted the acting rank of Captain on 10 November 1939.

On 6 September, 1945, Russel was admitted to Cape Masonic Hospital with a diagnosis of "flatulent dyspepsia". In October he was deemed unfit for further naval service.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Stephen H. Morres
Captain of H.M.S. Gipsy
17 Apr, 1910[9] – May, 1910[10]
Succeeded by
Henry C. Rawlings
Preceded by
Henry C. Rawlings
Captain of H.M.S. Spitfire
May, 1910[11] – 1 Mar, 1911[12]
Succeeded by
Anthony W. Loveband
Preceded by
Thomas K. Maxwell
Captain of H.M.S. Dove
1 Mar, 1911[13][14] – 24 Jan, 1912[15]
Succeeded by
Richard B. England
Preceded by
Kenneth F. Sworder
Captain of H.M.S. Quail
24 Jan, 1912[16] – 22 Feb, 1912[17]
Succeeded by
Ralph Neville
Preceded by
Cecil R. Hemans
Captain of H.M.S. Avon
22 Feb, 1912[18][19] – 15 Jan, 1914[20]
Succeeded by
Ralph M. Hall
Preceded by
Edye K. Boddam-Whetham
Captain of H.M.S. Kennet
15 Jan, 1914[21][22] – 4 Aug, 1916[23]
Succeeded by
Gerald M. McKenna
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
15 Sep, 1916[24][25] – Feb, 1918[26]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. Bradley
Preceded by
Frederick C. Bradley
Captain of H.M.S. Trenchant
Mar, 1918[27] – 15 Oct, 1920[28]
Succeeded by
Hugh U. Fletcher
Preceded by
Arthur M. Lecky
Captain of H.M.S. Warwick
15 Jan, 1923[29][30] – 1 Sep, 1925[31]
Succeeded by
William E. B. Magee
Preceded by
Malcolm L. Goldsmith
Captain of H.M.S. Cambrian
11 Mar, 1926[32] – 17 Aug, 1926[33]
Succeeded by
Arthur Evans
Preceded by
Harold G. C. Franklin
Captain of H.M.S. Cardiff
Sep, 1929[34] – 22 Oct, 1929[35]
Succeeded by
Angus E. M. B. Cunninghame Graham
Preceded by
Aubrey T. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Carysfort
22 Oct, 1929[36] – 5 Jan, 1930[37]
Succeeded by
Edward B. Cloete
Preceded by
?
Captain Superintendent, Dover
16 Dec, 1940[38] – 20 Nov, 1945[39]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  2. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  3. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 342.
  5. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 921a.
  7. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  8. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  9. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  10. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  11. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  12. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  13. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  14. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 303.
  15. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  16. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  17. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  18. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  19. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 282.
  20. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  21. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  22. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395f.
  23. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  24. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  25. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397o.
  26. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  27. The Navy List. (October, 1920). p. 877.
  28. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  29. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  30. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 288.
  31. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  32. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  33. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  34. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  35. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  36. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  37. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  38. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  39. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.