Lionel Stuart Moncrieffe Adam

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Commander Lionel Stuart Moncrieffe Adam, D.S.C., R.N., Retired (15 November, 1888 – 25 February, 1955) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Possessed of a powerful frame, Adam gained two and a half months' time on passing out of Britannia in mid September 1904. His first naval appointment was in Swiftsure of the Home Fleet.

Adam received an unsatisfactory report in 1906. On 10 July, he was appointed from Swiftsure to the Implacable, which was in the Mediterranean.

Adam was appointed to the second class protected cruiser Hyacinth on 27 March, 1909.[1]

In January 1910, Hyacinth's Captain Dick offered Adam a strong recommendation, describing him as a "thoroughly good officer." Adam was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1910.[2] In December, he was credited for his conduct in a skirmish involving a search party at Dubai. Captain Dick amplified on his praise for Adam in an evaluation of April, 1911, saying Adam had shown "coolness, decision and pluck" in action. Later in 1911, Adam was appointed to H.M.S. Superb. On 6 May 1913, he left the battleship for an appointment in Larne.[3]

On 4 January, 1915, Adam was appointed from Larne for his first command, T.B. 30. On 21 August, 1915, he was sent ashore for four days to be treated for tonsiliitis at Queensferry Hospital.[4]

In the Eastern Mediterranean, Adam beached the torpedoed S.S. Norseman, avoiding her loss.

On 26 September, 1915 Adam conned T.B. 30 through a gale with a seamanlike skill that elicited praise from the commanding officer of Forward, Commander Cecil George Chichester.

On 10 November 1916, he was appointed to command Lapwing.[5]

Adam was recommended by the Commander-in-Chief, Devonport for the promptness with which he executed an attack on an enemy submarine on 7 August, 1917.

On 6 October 1917, Adam was appointed to command Lennox.[6]

Although Adam seems to have been officially in command of Lennox at the time, he was fauled in a Court of Enquiry for grounding Nereus in or around January, 1918 because he had steered an unsafe course and had failed to ensure that at least one vessel in his group was taking soundings. In the wake of this finding, Adam left Lennox and was appointed in command of the destroyer Nerissa on 26 January, 1918.[7]

Adam was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1918.[8]

Post-War

On 17, April, 1919, Adam was sent ashore from Nerissa with appendicitis. Treated at Queensferry and Peebles, he was again fit on 26 June. He was appointed back in command of his destroyer two days later. He applied for a move to half pay and was refused, and so then asked for a less arduous appointment, which was approved. Accordingly, Adam was appointed to the battleship H.M.S. Collingwood on 19 August.[9]

Placed on the Retired List at his own request with gratuity on 6 May 1920, Adam was promoted to the rank of Commander on 15 November, 1928.[10]

World War II

Adam was selected for war appointment in 1937. He was mobilised on 28 September, 1938 and sent to work as Equipment Officer on the staff of Flag Officer in Charge, Tyne. Later in the war, he was a Sea Transport Officer, serving with the acting rank of Commander.[11]

His final appointment was terminated in September 1946 and he reverted to the Retired List.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ronald I. Collier
Captain of H.M. T.B. 30
4 Jan, 1915[12][13] – 10 Sep, 1916[14]
Succeeded by
Charles K. Adam
Preceded by
Hubert W. D. Griffith
Captain of H.M.S. Lapwing
10 Nov, 1916[15][16] – 6 Oct, 1917[17]
Succeeded by
William R. Leycester
Preceded by
William R. Leycester
Captain of H.M.S. Lennox
6 Oct, 1917[18] – 26 Jan, 1918[19]
Succeeded by
Alban Knubley
Preceded by
Edward O. Tudor
Captain of H.M.S. Nerissa
26 Jan, 1918[20][21] – 17 Apr, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
George E. L. Atwood
Preceded by
George E. L. Atwood
Captain of H.M.S. Nerissa
28 Jun, 1919[23] – 19 Aug, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
Edward S. F. Fegen

Footnotes

  1. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 2.
  3. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  4. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  5. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  6. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  7. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 2.
  9. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  10. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  11. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  12. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 401.
  14. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  15. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  16. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 394z.
  17. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  18. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  19. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  20. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  21. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 852.
  22. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  23. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.
  24. Adam Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/275. f. 290.