Vernon Archibald Tisdall

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Vernon Archibald Tisdall (2 September, 1850 – ) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Tisdall entered the navy on 1 October, 1864 and promoted to Lieutenant on 3 September, 1872.[1]

Passed out of the Royal Naval College in May 1872.[2]

He was made Acting Commander of Swift on 9 August, 1883 until 27 October 1883 by order of the Commander-in-Chief.[3]

On 10 December, 1883, he was made acting Commander of Midge.[4]

On 19 February, 1884, he was made acting Commander of Kestrel, taking over command on 7 March. He paid her off on 30 July, 1884 and took 44 days of leave on full pay.[5]

Tisdall was promoted to the rank of Commander on 4 February, 1886.[6]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1893.

In January 1899, he assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Theseus. In late October of that year, Admiral Hopkins inspected the ship and noted a "general slackness" which he attributed to a poor executive officer who had recently been disposed of, and also to Tisdall's ill health. A follow-up report indicated the ship had improved markedly. Worse, however, Tisdall was charged with stranding the vessel and the charge was proved, resulting in a severe reprimand from the Admiralty. In July 1900 he received the thanks of the President and Council of the Royal Society for valuable assistance rendered to a party of astronomers Theseus had conveyed to Santo Pola to observe the total eclipse of the sun. Tisdall's appointment ended when, in late January 1902, he was injured in the capsizing of a small boat.[7]

Tisdall was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 26 January, 1904. He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 20 February, 1905 and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 2 December, 1908.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Cockchafer
2 Aug, 1883[9] – 9 Aug, 1883[10]
Succeeded by
Everard E. Maxwell
Preceded by
William Marrack
Captain of H.M.S. Linnet
1 Mar, 1890[11][12] – 15 Feb, 1892[13]
Succeeded by
John E. Bearcroft
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Hydra
21 Jul, 1892[14][15] – 15 Aug, 1892[16]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Bellona
15 Aug, 1892[17][18] – 1 Jan, 1893[19]
Succeeded by
Henry M. T. Tudor
Preceded by
Frank Finnis
Captain of H.M.S. Sappho
24 Sep, 1895[20][21] – 17 Jul, 1896[22]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Cochran
Preceded by
Charles Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Theseus
17 Jan, 1899[23][24] – 26 Mar, 1903[25]
Succeeded by
Frederick O. Pike
Preceded by
Henry H. Dyke
Captain of H.M.S. Melampus
28 Mar, 1903[26][27]c. 30 Jun, 1903
Succeeded by
Edgar G. H. Gamble

Footnotes

  1. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1311.
  2. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1311.
  3. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1311.
  4. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1311.
  5. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1311.
  6. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1311.
  7. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  8. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  9. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1311.
  10. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1311.
  11. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  12. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 233.
  13. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  14. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  15. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 261.
  16. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  17. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  18. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 261.
  19. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  20. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  21. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 261.
  22. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  23. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  24. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 306a.
  25. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  26. Tisdall Service Record. The National Archives. D7579001 ADM 196/39/539. f. 1306.
  27. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 279a.