William Oswald Story

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Admiral William Oswald Story, C.B.E., Royal Navy, Retired (18 April, 1859 – 14 January, 1938) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

William Oswald Story was born on 10 April, 1859, at Bingfield, Co. Cavan.

Story saw active service in the Egyptian War of 1882 while Sub-Lieutenant of the gunboat Mosquito, and commanded a party landed for service at Chalof. Highly commended in the despatches of Commander The Honourable H. R. Sandilands, he was specially promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 8 September, 1882.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 30 June, 1896.[2]

Captain

Story was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1902.[3] On 10 June, 1903, he was appointed to Excellent, for the Narcissus,[4] commanding Narcissus in Manœuvres starting on that date.[5]

He was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Grafton on 1 April, 1905.[6]

On 6 February, 1906, Story was appointed in command of armoured cruiser Cumberland[7]

On 7 April, 1907, Story was appointed in command of the battleship London.[8]

He was to be in London for less than a year, being then appointed as captain of the battleship Canopus on 1 February, 1908.[9]

Flag Rank

Story was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 18 September, 1911, vice Jellicoe.[10] He was appointed for signal and war courses dated 12 February, 1912.[11]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, Story was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, on 30 January, 1912.[12] He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 26 April, 1917,[13] and to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 3 October, 1919.[14]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral W. O. Story" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 15 January, 1938. Issue 47893, col E, p. 12.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Herbert G. King-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Hearty
21 Aug, 1900[15][16] – 1 Jan, 1902[17]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Anstruther
Preceded by
Ernest K. Loring
Captain of H.M.S. Narcissus
10 Jun, 1903[18][19] – 11 Mar, 1905[20]
Succeeded by
Neil Nicolson
Preceded by
Robert G. Fraser
Captain of H.M.S. Grafton
1 Apr, 1905[21][22] – 6 Feb, 1906[23]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. A. Ogilvy
Preceded by
Herbert G. King-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Cumberland
6 Feb, 1906[24][25] – 7 Apr, 1907[26]
Succeeded by
Charles F. Sowerby
Preceded by
Julian C. A. Wilkinson
Captain of H.M.S. London
7 Apr, 1907[27] – 1 Feb, 1908[28]
Succeeded by
Cyril E. Tower
Preceded by
Godfrey H. B. Mundy
Captain of H.M.S. Canopus
1 Feb, 1908[29][30] – 30 Apr, 1909[31]
Succeeded by
Francis G. Eyre
Preceded by
Charles H. Dare
Rear-Admiral-in-Charge of the Eastern Coast Guard District
18 Apr, 1909[32] – 1 Oct, 1911[33]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Robert F. Boyle

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25147. p. 4261. 15 September, 1882.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26757. p. 3978. 10 July, 1896.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27393. p. 3. 3 January, 1902.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 29 May, 1903. Issue 37093, col B, p. 8.
  5. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  6. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  7. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  8. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  9. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28533. p. 6949. 22 September, 1911.
  11. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 17 January, 1912. Issue 39797, col F, p. 11.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 28577. p. 799. 2 February, 1912.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 30037. p. 3955. 27 April, 1917.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 31610. p. 12892. 21 October, 1919.
  15. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. ff. 1236, 1248.
  16. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 263.
  17. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. ff. 1236, 1248.
  18. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. ff. 1236, 1248.
  19. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 348.
  20. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. ff. 1236, 1248.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 322.
  22. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  23. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  24. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  25. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 298.
  26. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  27. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  28. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  29. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  30. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 291.
  31. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.
  32. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1236.
  33. Story Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/498. f. 1236.