George Fagan Bradshaw

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Commander George Fagan Bradshaw, D.S.O., R.N., Retired (6 December, 1887 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Belfast, Bradshaw gained three months' time on passing out of Britannia in mid-May 1904. He was appointed to join Prince George in the Channel, but switched to Majestic on 15 July, 1904.[1]

On 7 May 1908 Bradshaw was appointed to the armoured cruiser Minotaur of the Home Fleet. Later that year, a steam pinnace of the ship collided with a private motor boat and Bradshaw was determined to have made a slight error in judgment.[2]

On 15 September 1909, he was sent to Mercury for instruction in submarines. He emerged on 1 January, 1910 and was appointed to Forth for submarines.[3]

Bradshaw was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1910.[4]

Bradshaw was appointed in command of the submarine A 9 on 28 February, 1913.[5]

He was appointed in command of the submarine C 7 on 20 February, 1914.[6]

Bradshaw was in command of the submarine G 13 on 10 March, 1917 when she torpedoed and sank UC 43. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for this feat, on 12 May, 1917.[7][8]

Bradshaw was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1918.[9]

Post-War

Bradshaw lost the G 11 on 22 November, 1918 when he ran her aground in fog. A Court Martial investigating the loss attributed no blame upon him, however.[10]

K 15 accidentally sank when moored alongside the light cruiser Canterbury in Portsmouth Harbour on 25 June, 1921. On 29 August, 1921, Rear-Admiral (S) informed Bradshaw that he would not be placed in command of a submarine again, owing to sloppy standards of attention and supervision found aboard the submarine by the ensuing Court Martial. Not wishing to retired, Bradshaw underwent training in the Anti-Gas School later in the year before going onto half pay.[11]

Bradshaw was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 June, 1922 and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Commander on the Retired List on 6 December, 1927.[12]

World War II

Bradshaw indeed saw service despite ill health. TODO: work on this

Reverted to Retired List on 24 August, 1946.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Thomas Kerr
Captain of H.M.S. A 9
28 Feb, 1913[13][14] – 20 Feb, 1914[15]
Succeeded by
George S. Walsh
Preceded by
Philip E. Phillips
Captain of H.M.S. C 7
20 Feb, 1914[16][17] – 29 Aug, 1916[18]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Forbes
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. G 13
29 Aug, 1916[19] – 16 Apr, 1918[20]
Succeeded by
Humphrey G. Veale
Preceded by
Richard D. Sandford
Captain of H.M.S. G 11
? – 22 Nov, 1918[21]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Geoffrey R. S. Watkins
Captain of H.M.S. K 15
6 Feb, 1921[22] – 5 Aug, 1921[23]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  2. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  3. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 102.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 343.
  6. The Navy List. (June, 1914). p. 289.
  7. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 1, Part 1. p. 13.
  8. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1918). p. 65.
  10. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  11. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  12. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  13. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 343.
  15. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  16. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  17. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 285.
  18. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  19. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  20. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  21. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 146.
  22. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.
  23. Bradshaw Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/201. f. 213.