Richard Greville Arthur Wellington Stapleton-Cotton

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Admiral Richard Greville Arthur Wellington Stapleton-Cotton, C.B.C.B.E.M.V.O., R.N., Retired (7 November, 1873 – 5 January, 1953) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Stapleton-Cotton was born at Wellington Barracks, London, the second son of Colonel the Honourable Richard Southwell George Stapleton-Cotton.

Stapleton-Cotton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1895.[1]

Stapleton-Cotton was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 August, 1905.[2]

Stapleton-Cotton was superseded in command of the old third class protected cruiser Barham on 31 January, 1913 and proceeded to England in S.S. Menes, arriving in Liverpool on 22 February, one day later than expected.[3]

As a Commander, he was appointed in command of the battleship Albion on 14 June, 1913.[4]

Stapleton-Cotton was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1913.[5]

On 1 September, 1913, Stapleton-Cotton was appointed to Victory as Flag Captain to the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth. He would serve there until being appointed in command of H.M.S. Newcastle on 3 September 1916, joining the ship on 22 September, and would receive a C.B.E. (mil) for his valuable services at Portsmouth during the first two years of the war. At least some of the time he spent in command of Newcastle, he served as Senior Naval Officer, Brindisi and would receive the Order of Crown of Italy (Cdr.) and an expression of appreciation from Commandante Superieure Naval, Brindisi for his exertions.[6]

In April, 1917 the Admiralty thanked him for his service in helping cope with an Admiralty order for 550 motor launches.[7]

Stapleton-Cotton was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Berwick in April 1918.

Stapleton-Cotton was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Carnarvon on 5 September, 1918.[8]

Post-War

In February, 1919, he was made Captain (D) of the Portsmouth Flotilla in Dido. This appointment would span a temporary appointment in Enchantress and, from March 1921, one in command of Centurion.

Stapleton-Cotton was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 6 April, 1923. He was appointed as Rear-Admiral in Charge and Admiral Superintendent of Gibraltar Dockyard on 7 March 1925 and assumed command around 7 April.[9]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 6 April, 1928, vice Beaty-Pownall and was placed on the Retired List the following day in accordance with the provisions of Order in Council of 9 March, 1914.[10]

Stapleton-Cotton was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 13 October, 1932.[11]

See Also

  • Wikipedia
  • Service Records
  • "Adml. Stapleton-Cotton" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 7 June, 1953. Issue 52513, col E, p. 8.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur W. Craig
Captain of H.M.S. Pelorus
25 Apr, 1910[12] – 24 Jun, 1910[13]
Succeeded by
John R. Segrave
Preceded by
John R. Segrave
Captain of H.M.S. Terrible
24 Jun, 1910[14] – 2 Aug, 1910[15]
Succeeded by
Edmund C. Carver
Preceded by
John R. Segrave
Captain of H.M.S. Pelorus
2 Aug, 1910[16] – 5 Aug, 1910[17]
Succeeded by
Alexander P. Davidson
Preceded by
W. A. Howard Kelly
Captain of H.M.S. Barham
3 Jan, 1911[18][19] – 31 Jan, 1913[20]
Succeeded by
Tufton P. H. Beamish
Preceded by
Alexander P. Davidson
Captain of H.M.S. Albion
14 Jun, 1913[21][22] – 7 Aug, 1913[23]
Succeeded by
Ernest Henslowe
Preceded by
Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair
Flag Captain, Portsmouth Station
1 Sep, 1913[24][25] – 3 Sep, 1916[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Frederick A. Powlett
Captain of H.M.S. Newcastle
3 Sep, 1916[27][28] – 1 Jan, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
Aubrey C. H. Smith
Preceded by
?
British Senior Naval Officer, Brindisi
3 Sep, 1916[30] – 1 Jan, 1918[31]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Cunningham R. de C. Foot
Captain of H.M.S. Berwick
Apr, 1918[32] – 5 Sep, 1918[33]
Succeeded by
Robert G. D. Dewar
Preceded by
William Bowden-Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Carnarvon
5 Sep, 1918[34][35] – 11 Feb, 1919[36]
Succeeded by
Ernest Wigram
Preceded by
William M. Moir
Captain of H.M.S. Dido
Feb, 1919[37] – 24 Feb, 1921[38]
Succeeded by
Harry R. Godfrey
Preceded by
The Hon. Arthur C. Strutt
Captain of H.M.S. Enchantress
25 Feb, 1919[39] – 20 Mar, 1919[40]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Edward B. S. Bingham
Preceded by
Hugh L. P. Heard
Captain of H.M.S. Centurion
16 Mar, 1921[41][42] – 7 Jan, 1924[43]
Succeeded by
Humphrey W. Bowring
Preceded by
Walter W. Ellerton
as Senior Officer, Gibraltar
Rear-Admiral in Charge, Gibraltar
7 Mar, 1925[44] – 12 Mar, 1927[45]
Succeeded by
Cyril S. Townsend

Footnotes

  1. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  2. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  3. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 275.
  5. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  6. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  7. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 752.
  9. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 33376. p. 2741. 17 April, 1928.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 33875. p. 6626. 21 October, 1932.
  12. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  13. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  14. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  15. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  16. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  17. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  18. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  19. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 282.
  20. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  21. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  22. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 275.
  23. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  24. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  25. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 390.
  26. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  27. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  28. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395x.
  29. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  30. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  31. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  32. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  33. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  34. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  35. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 752.
  36. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  37. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 759.
  38. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  39. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  40. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  41. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  42. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 735.
  43. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  44. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 411.
  45. Stapleton-Cotton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/411. f. 220.