Robert Warren Johnson

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Captain Robert Warren Johnson, Royal Navy (10 May, 1868 – 22 September, 1914) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Essex, Johnson gained eight months' time on passing out of Britannia. On 24 July, 1883, he was appointed to his first ship, the Agincourt of the Channel Squadron.

Johnson scored 1,362 marks in the competitive examinations for cadetships in the Royal Navy, coming first out of his batch of twenty.[1]

Johnson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1891.[2]

He was appointed to H.M.S. Vernon to qualify in torpedoes on 30 September 1892. In July 1894, he was awarded a third class certificate as a torpedo lieutenant.[3]

Johnson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1904, having requalified as a Lieutenant (T) at the beginning of the year.[4]

He married on 11 July, 1906, Grace Isobel, fourth daughter of the late Algernon Paley, and had two sons and one daughter.

Johnson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1910.[5]

In December 1913, Johnson assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Europa for a voyage out and home. In March, 1914, he attended a War Course, being on the books of President until June.[6]

Great War

In the Test Mobilisation, Johnson was appointed in command of the battleship Victorious. On 1 August, he was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Cressy of the Seventh Cruiser Squadron. He was lost in action September 22 when she was torpedoed with Hogue and Aboukir in the North Sea.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Mortimer L'E. Silver
Captain of H.M.S. Jaseur
5 Jan, 1903[8] – 27 Feb, 1903[9]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Reginald H. Curteis
Captain of H.M.S. Niger
28 Feb, 1903[10][11] – 5 Jan, 1905[12]
Succeeded by
Edmund J. Prendergast
Preceded by
Edgar Lees
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
5 Jan, 1905[13] – May, 1905[14]
Succeeded by
Sydney S. Hall
Preceded by
Sydney S. Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Hazard
May, 1905[15][16] – 18 Apr, 1906[17]
Succeeded by
Frederick L. Attenborough
Preceded by
Edgar Lees
Captain of H.M.S. Thames
18 Apr, 1906[18] – 12 Nov, 1906[19]
Succeeded by
Frank Brandt
Preceded by
Maurice S. FitzMaurice
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
12 Nov, 1906[20][21] – 5 Jan, 1909[22]
Succeeded by
Albert P. Addison
Preceded by
Michael Culme-Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Vulcan
5 Jan, 1909[23][24] – 1 Oct, 1913[25]
Succeeded by
Vernon H. S. Haggard
Preceded by
Thomas D. Pratt
Captain of H.M.S. Europa
16 Dec, 1913[26][27] – 2 Mar, 1914[28]
Succeeded by
Gerald W. Vivian
Preceded by
Ernest S. Carey
Captain of H.M.S. Cressy
1 Aug, 1914[29] – 22 Sep, 1914[30]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
 

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 27 June, 1881. Issue 30231, col E, p. 8.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26149. p. 1870. 3 April, 1891.
  3. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  4. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  5. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  6. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  7. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  8. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  9. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  10. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  11. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 349.
  12. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  13. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  14. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  15. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  16. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 325.
  17. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  18. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  19. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  20. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 318.
  22. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  23. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  24. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 395a.
  25. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  26. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  27. The Navy List. (January, 1914). p. 310.
  28. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  29. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.
  30. Johnson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/424. f. 506.