Raymond Andrew Nugent

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Vice-Admiral Raymond Andrew Nugent, C.M.G., Royal Navy, Retired (25 February, 1870 – 13 September, 1959) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Nugent was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1892.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1909.[2]

In December 1912, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Highflyer.[3]

Upon leaving Highflyer, he began a year-long stint as captain of H.M.S. Swiftsure on 25 April 1913.[4]

Great War

In August 1914, Nugent was placed command of the first class protected cruiser Argonaut,[5] remaining with her until being appointed command of the battleship Albemarle in June, 1915.[6]

On the night of 6 June, 1915, as Albemarle was traversing the Pentland Firth in company with Zealandia and Hibernia southward from Scapa Flow, a ferocious gale coupled with an ebb tide produced heavy seas. During the night Albemarle was struck by two massive waves, one of which carried away the fore-bridge and the roof of the conning-tower. Nugent was washed on to the upper deck, while an officer and rating were lost overboard and drowned.

In the King's Birthday Honours of 3 June, 1918, Nugent was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.).[7]


On 25 March, 1920, Nugent was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral and placed on the Retired List at his own request on 26 March.[8] He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 24 November, 1925.[9]


  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 16 September, 1959. Issue 54567, col B, pg. 13.
  • Hewison, W. S. (1905). This Great Harbour. Edinburgh: Birlinn. ISBN 1843410265.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M. T.B. 102
26 Aug, 1894[10]
Succeeded by
Lawrence H. Richardson
Preceded by
Noel Grant
Captain of H.M.S. Leander
20 Dec, 1910[11] – 8 Aug, 1912[Inference]
Succeeded by
Judge D'Arcy
Preceded by
Wilfred Henderson
Captain (D), Fourth Destroyer Flotilla
8 Aug, 1912[12]
Succeeded by
Robert G. Corbett
Preceded by
Charles E. Le Mesurier
Captain of H.M.S. Highflyer
10 Dec, 1912[13] – Apr, 1913
Succeeded by
Herbert J. T. Marshall
Preceded by
Herbert J. T. Marshall
Captain of H.M.S. Swiftsure
25 Apr, 1913[14] – 14 Apr, 1914[15][16]
Succeeded by
Cecil Maxwell-Lefroy
Preceded by
Spencer A. Hickley
Captain of H.M.S. Argonaut
1 Aug, 1914[17]
Succeeded by
Charles E. B. Colbeck
Preceded by
Arthur W. Craig
Captain of H.M.S. Albemarle
Jun, 1915[18]
Succeeded by
George W. Gubbins



  1. The London Gazette: no. 26309. p. 4187. 22 July, 1892.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 28263. p. 4857. 25 June, 1909.
  3. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 379.
  5. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 391e.
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30723. p. 6530. 3 June, 1918.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 3186. p. 4474. 16 April, 1920.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 33110. p. 7950. 1 December, 1925.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1894). p. 237.
  11. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 338.
  12. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 2 August, 1912. Issue 39967, col F, p. 2.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1913). p. 325.
  14. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 379.
  15. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 379.
  16. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 398m.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 392d.
  18. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 391e.