Henry FitzRoy George Talbot

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Captain Henry FitzRoy George Talbot, D.S.O., Royal Navy (24 February, 1874 – 4 July, 1920) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Badderly, the son of Major H. C. Talbot. Talbot passed out of Britannia in December 1888 with a bonus of seven months seniority and commenced the first phase of his naval service in battleships in the Mediterranean: first in Template:UK-Alexandria, then to Temeraire on 7 April, 1889. On 11 January, 1890, Talbot was appointed to Camperdown and then to Victoria on 29 April, 1890.[1]

Talbot was appointed from Victoria to the destroyer Ruby of the Training Squadron on 30 July, 1892. On 12 November 1894, he was appointed to the breastwork monitor Abyssinia.

Talbot was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and re-appointed in Abyssinia on 31 December, 1895.[2]

On 14 July 1898, Talbot sailed by P. & O. steamer from Tilbury for Ismailia in Egypt. From the 28th of the month, he was placed on loan to the Egyptian government for service in Sudan, his time with them to count as full service for pay with the Royal Navy. He resigned his appointment under Egyptian service on 3 February, 1899. Parliament thanked Talbot, with others, on 8 June 1899. In May 1900, he was awarded the English Sudan Medal.[3]

After a Short Course in gunnery at Excellent, Talbot was appointed to Vivid for charge of the Devonport Signal School on 1 October, 1904. After being recommended for promotion by Captain Douglas Nicholson, then Superintendent of Signal Schools, Talbot was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1905.[4]

On 9 October 1913, Talbot was appointed Secretary of the Committee on Eyesight of Officers.

As a Commander, he was appointed to the battleship Prince George on 8 January, 1914.[5]

Talbot was promoted to Captain on 30 June, 1914.[6]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Majestic and "for a group" (of destroyers, presumably) on 30 July, 1914.[7] He was in command when she was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on 27 May, 1915.

In August, 1915, he was given command of the battleship Swiftsure, in which he served as Flag Captain. In 1916, he was in general charge of vessels off the beach during the evacuation of Helles. Talbot was re-appointed upon the ship's re-commissioning in May 1916 and remained in command until she paid off on 26 April, 1917.

On 10 May, 1917 Talbot was appointed in command of the light cruiser Birkenhead.

On 23 November, 1918, Talbot was deemed fit for shore duty only.

On 22 April, 1920, Talbot was surveyed at the hospital for undisclosed reasons.

He died on 4 July, 1920, perhaps whilst in command of the light cruiser Caledon,[8] though this appointment is not indicated in his service record.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ion P. Barton
Captain of H.M. T.B. 103
11 Feb, 1896[9] – 20 Aug, 1897[10]
Succeeded by
Percy G. Brown
Preceded by
Archibald Cochrane
In Charge, Devonport Signal School
1 Oct, 1904[11] – 2 Jul, 1906[12]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ernest L. C. Muntz
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
2 Jul, 1906[13][14] – 1 Apr, 1907[15]
Succeeded by
Henry F. G. Talbot
Preceded by
Edward M. Bennett
Captain of H.M.S. Orion
1 Apr, 1907[16] – 10 Jun, 1907[17]
Succeeded by
Thomas R. G. O'Connor
Preceded by
Vaughan A. E. Hanning-Lee
Captain of H.M.S. Boxer
10 Jul, 1907[18] – Oct, 1907[19]
Succeeded by
Gordon A. Coles
Preceded by
Thomas R. G. O'Connor
Captain of H.M.S. Orion
Oct, 1907[20] – 16 Jun, 1908[21]
Succeeded by
Hugh T. Prichard
Preceded by
Henry F. G. Talbot
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
16 Jun, 1908[22] – 29 Nov, 1908[23]
Succeeded by
Charles E. W. Pyddoke
Preceded by
Cecil H. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Attentive
13 Feb, 1911[24] – 1 Aug, 1911[Inference]
Succeeded by
Christopher R. Payne
Preceded by
Charles P. Beaty-Pownall
Captain of H.M.S. Perseus
11 May, 1912[25][26] – 19 Sep, 1913[27]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John B. Sparks
Captain of H.M.S. Prince George
8 Jan, 1914[28] – 30 Jul, 1914[29]
Succeeded by
George J. Todd
Preceded by
Edwin V. Underhill
Captain of H.M.S. Majestic
30 Jul, 1914[30][31] – 27 May, 1915[32][33]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Cecil Maxwell-Lefroy
Captain of H.M.S. Swiftsure
10 Aug, 1915[34][35] – 26 Apr, 1917[36]
Succeeded by
Francis J. Stenson
Preceded by
Edward Reeves
Captain of H.M.S. Birkenhead
10 May, 1917[37][38] – 16 Jan, 1918[39]
Succeeded by
Henry E. Grace
Preceded by
Herbert E. Holmes-à-Court
Captain of Royal Naval College, Osborne
15 Dec, 1918[40][41] – 5 May, 1920[42]
Succeeded by
Francis A. Marten

Footnotes

  1. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  2. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  3. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  4. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 361.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 28842. p. 4880. 22 June, 1914.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 353.
  8. "Naval Casualties" (News). The Times. Tuesday, 20 July, 1920. Issue 42467, col E, p. 21.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 1 February, 1896. Issue 34802, col B, p. 7.
  10. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  11. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  12. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  13. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 343.
  15. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  16. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  17. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  18. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  19. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  20. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  21. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  22. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  23. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  24. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 281.
  25. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  26. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 356.
  27. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  28. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  29. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  30. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 353.
  32. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  33. Naval Operations. Volume II. index.
  34. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  35. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398m.
  36. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  37. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  38. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391s.
  39. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  40. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 421.
  41. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 856.
  42. Talbot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/421. f. 223.