Thomas Benjamin Stratton Adair

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Rear-Admiral Thomas Benjamin Stratton Adair, Royal Navy, Retired (6 November, 1861 – 12 August, 1928) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Adair was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 6 May, 1882.

Adair was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1894.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1899.[2]

On 30 May, 1906 the battleship Montagu ran hard aground on Lundy Island in thick fog while under Adair's command. The captain's Court-Martial was held on H.M.S. Victory from 15 August and concluded on 20 August. Adair was severely reprimanded and dismissed his ship.

In his book Whispers from the Fleet, Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher G. F. M. Cradock referred to "the regret felt throughout the Navy for the one man who suffered—A victim of unexpected circumstances."[3]


  1. London Gazette: no. 26471. p. 7581. 29 December, 1893.
  2. London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January, 1900.
  3. Cradock. Whispers from the Fleet. p. 366.


  • "Rear-Admiral T. B. S. Adair" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 14 August, 1928. Issue 44971, col B, pg. 12.
  • Cradock, Rear-Admiral Christopher G. F. M. (1908). Whispers from the Fleet. Portsmouth: Gieve's.

Service Record

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