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Revision as of 03:31, 19 December 2012

Vice-Admiral SIR Michael Culme-Seymour, Fourth Baronet., K.C.B., M.V.O., Royal Navy (29 August, 1867 – 2 April, 1925) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Michael Culme-Seymour was born on 29 August, 1867, at Brooklands, the eldest son of Captain (later Admiral Sir) Michael Culme-Seymour, of the noted Seymour family of seafarers, and Mary, daughter of the Honourable Richard Watson, M.P. and grand-daughter of Lewis Watson, Second Baron Sondes.

Culme-Seymour was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 23 August, 1889.[1]

On 31 August, 1898, Culme-Seymour was appointed to the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. He was promoted to the rank of Commander for service in the Royal Yacht on 31 August, 1900.[2] The same day he was appointed to Empress of India for command of the Coquette.

On 17 April, 1903 Culme-Seymour was appointed to Majestic as Chief of the Staff to Vice-Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, senior officer in command of the Channel Squadron.[3]

Captain

Culme-Seymour was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1905.[4]

He was appointed to command the second class battleship Anson in November 1910, remaining with her until July 1912.[5]

On 10 August, 1913, he was appointed in command of the dreadnought battleship Centurion.[6]

Great War

He was in command of Centurion at the Battle of Jutland.

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 10 June, 1916, vice Ryan.[7]

On 15 September he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) dated 31 May.[8]

On 1 September, 1918, Culme-Seymour was appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding the Ægean Squadron, and he took up his appointment on 21 September, flying his flag in the battleship Lord Nelson.[9]

Post-War

On 1 January, 1919, Culme-Seymour became Rear-Admiral Commanding, Black Sea and Sea of Marmora. He was made Rear-Admiral Second-in-Command of the Mediterranean Fleet on 20 October.[10]

On 5 June, 1920, he was knighted and appointed a Knight Commander in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on the occasion of the King's birthday.[11] On 1 September he was superseded in the Mediterranean Fleet and on 7 October he was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral, vice Evan-Thomas.[12]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief on the North America and West Indies Station on 1 January, 1923, flying his flag in H.M.S. Calcutta, taking command on 27 February. He was superseded on 26 May, 1924. On 14 July he was appointed to President for temporary service inside the Admiralty, and on 15 August he was appointed Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personal. He died in office on 2 April, 1925.[13]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25969. p. 4738. 30 August, 1889.
  2. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 18 August, 1900. Issue 36224, col F, p. 8.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 31 March, 1903. Issue 37042, col B, p. 11.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27750. p. 25. 3 January, 1905.
  5. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  6. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 14 July, 1913. Issue 40263, col E, p. 6.
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29629. p. 6066. 20 June, 1916.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9070. 15 September, 1916.
  9. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List (November, 1918). p. 6.
  10. ADM 196/42. f. 477.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31931. p. 6315. 5 June, 1920.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 32081. p. 9891. 12 October, 1920.
  13. ADM 196/42. f. 217.

Bibliography

  • "Sir M. Culme-Seymour" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 3 April, 1925. Issue 43927, col C, p. 16.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hugh F. P. Sinclair
Director of the Mobilisation Division
1916 – 1918
Succeeded by
Edmond H. Parker
Director of the Mobilisation Department
1918
Preceded by
Sir William C. Pakenham
Commander-in-Chief on the North America and West Indies Station
1923 – 1924
Succeeded by
Sir James A. Fergusson

Preceded by
Sir Henry F. Oliver
Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel
1924 – 1925
Succeeded by
The Hon. Sir Hubert G. Brand

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