William Leslie Elder

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Rear-Admiral William Leslie Elder, C.M.G., R.N., Retired (26 June, 1874 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Elder was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1896.

Elder was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1907.[1]

Elder was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 116 on 24 August, 1909, also for Command of Flotilla.[2]

Elder was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1914.

Elder was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander 6 March, 1915.

On 14 June, 1916, Elder was appointed in command of Number 3 Aero Wing, and was promoted to the rank of Acting Wing Captain on 30 June, 1916.

Elder was promoted to the rank of Wing Captain on 31 December, 1916 and remained in command of the Aero Wing until September 1917 despite being appointed to the armed merchant cruiser Morea in June.


Elder paid off Morea on 17 January, 1919.

Elder was appointed in command of the light cruiser Dublin in August, 1921.

Elder was placed on the Retired List upon the expiration of his foreign service leave on 5 January, 1923. He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral (retired) on 1 July, 1925.

World War II

Elder offered his services to the Royal Navy in 1939 but reported he was serving in the Home Guard in 1940.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Harry T. Mosse
Captain of H.M. T.B. 68
5 Jul, 1900
Succeeded by
Arthur B. F. Dawson
Preceded by
Herbert N. Garnett
Captain of H.M. T.B. 116
24 Aug, 1909[3] – 9 Aug, 1911
Succeeded by
Frederick B. Noble
Preceded by
Forster D. Arnold-Forster
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
9 Aug, 1911 – 31 Oct, 1911
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charles L. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Boxer
31 Oct, 1911 – 18 Nov, 1911
Succeeded by
George E. Casley
Preceded by
James F. Houstoun
Captain of H.M.S. Spiteful
18 Nov, 1911 – 22 Mar, 1912
Succeeded by
Gregory G. C. Wood-Martin
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Morea
29 Jun, 1917[4] – 17 Jan, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alexander Lowndes
Captain of H.M.S. Hercules
20 Feb, 1919 – 26 Feb, 1919
Succeeded by
Louis H. Crozier
Preceded by
Theodore J. Hallett
Captain of H.M.S. Chatham
26 Feb, 1919 – 16 Jul, 1919
Succeeded by
Alan G. Hotham
Preceded by
Edward H. Rymer
Captain of H.M.S. Dublin
5 Aug, 1921 – Oct, 1922
Succeeded by
Hugh S. Shipway


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 24.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 401.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 401.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 998-9.