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Admiral The Hon. Sir Algernon Douglas Edward Harry Boyle KCB CMG MVO (21 October 1871 – 13 October 1949) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Fourth Sea Lord.

Sir Algernon Boyle
Born21 October 1871
Died13 October 1949(1949-10-13) (aged 77)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1884–1924
Commands heldHMS Malaya
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Member of the Royal Victorian Order

Naval careerEdit

Born the son of Henry Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon, Boyle joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1884.[1] He was promoted to Commander on 1 January 1902,[2] and in April that year was assigned for temporary duty at the Admiralty.[3] Four months later, he was in August 1902 posted to the protected cruiser HMS Isis.[4]

He served in World War I and, as Captain of HMS Malaya, took part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[5] He was Aide-de-camp to the King from 1918 to 1919 and served as Fourth Sea Lord from 1920 to 1924.[6] He retired in 1924.[1]


  1. ^ a b Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904-1945
  2. ^ "No. 27393". The London Gazette. 3 January 1902. p. 3.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36754). London. 29 April 1902. p. 7.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36861). London. 1 September 1902. p. 8.
  5. ^ World War 1 at Sea - Naval Battles in outline with Despatches, Casualties, Awards etc
  6. ^ Croft's Peerage Archived 15 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Ernle Chatfield
Fourth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir John Kelly