Frederick Philip Champion de Crespigny

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Commander (retired) SIR Frederick Philip Champion de Crespigny, Seventh Baronet, R.N. (30 December, 1884 – 12 August, 1947) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Lyburn, Hants, Champion de Crespigny gained two and a half months' time on passing out of Britannia in September 1901, joining Repulse in the Channel Squadron.

On 22 October, 1906, Champion de Crespigny was appointed in command of the second-class torpedo boat T.B. 066.[1][2]

Champion de Crespigny was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1907.[3]

On 17 June 1913, he was appointed to Skirmisher as first and gunnery officer on commissioning.

Champion de Crespigny was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1915.[4]

On 19 December, 1916, Champion de Crespigny left Skirmisher to take up command of Sheldrake. He served in this capacity through the end of the war.

Champion de Crespigny was appointed in command of the destroyer Sheldrake on 19 December, 1916.[5] Champion de Crespigny would be mentioned in despatches for his services in the Adriatic in the latter half of 1919, gazetted 22 April, 1919.[6]

Post-War

In April, 1919, Champion de Crespigny was still in command of Skirmisher and took on the additional burden of command of a group of T.B.Ds.. On 20 June, he was evaluated for deafness, which was found to be attributable to a nervous condition. He was found fit in July and placed on half pay. Champion de Crespigny was placed on the Retired List with a gratuity on 19 April, 1920 and subsequently promoted to the rank of Commander on the Retired List on 30 December, 1924.[7]

On 13 August 1927, Champion de Crespigny became Seventh Baronet.[8]

World War II

On 22 August 1939, Champion de Crespigny was made Consular Shipping Adviser, N.C.S. Duties, Trondheim. In 1940 while still in Trondheim, Champion de Crespigny lost some confidential books.

On 23 March 1942, Champion de Crespigny was appointed Naval Chief Staff Officer, Harwich, vice Ritchie.

On 2 August, 1945, Champion de Crespigny was declared unfit for naval service due to sclerosis.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William J. Whitworth
Captain of H.M. T.B. 66
22 Oct, 1906[9][10] – 27 Jul, 1908[11]
Succeeded by
Francis B. Haygarth
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 066
Preceded by
Hardinge L. Shephard
Captain of H.M. T.B. 18
15 Jun, 1910[12] – Aug, 1910[13]
Succeeded by
George W. Taylor
Preceded by
George W. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. Griffon
23 Aug, 1910[14][15] – 17 Jun, 1913[16]
Succeeded by
John Fawcett
Preceded by
Maurice C. Bomford
Captain of H.M.S. Sheldrake
19 Dec, 1916[17][18] – 19 Apr, 1920[19]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 399.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Monday, 15 October, 1906. Issue 38152, col C, p. 5.
  3. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  4. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 907.
  6. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  7. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  8. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 399.
  10. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Monday, 15 October, 1906. Issue 38152, col C, p. 5.
  11. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  12. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  13. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  14. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 322.
  15. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 321.
  16. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  17. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.
  18. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 907.
  19. Champion de Crespigny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/20. f. 181.