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Admiral Sir Charles Carter Drury GCB GCVO KCSI (August 27, 1846 – May 18, 1914) was a Canadian Royal Navy Admiral who went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Sir Charles Carter Drury
Born(1846-08-27)August 27, 1846
Rothesay, New Brunswick
DiedMay 18, 1914(1914-05-18) (aged 67)
London, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1865-1911
Commands heldEast Indies Station
Mediterranean Fleet
Nore Command
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India


Naval careerEdit

Born in Rothesay, New Brunswick, he was the son of LeBaron Drury (1813–1882), British Consul and High Sheriff of Saint John, New Brunswick, by his wife Eliza Sophia Poyntz, daughter of Colonel James Poyntz (1796–1887), of the 30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot.

Drury joined the Royal Navy and was made a sub-lieutenant in 1865. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1868, to Commander in 1878 and to Captain in 1885.[1] Drury was appointed Commanding Officer of the battleship HMS Hood in 1895.[2]

Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1899, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station from June 1902,[3] and then Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel from 1903.[4] He was promoted to Vice-Admiral in 1904, and became Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet from 1907 before being promoted to Admiral and becoming Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1908.[5][6] He retired in 1911.[1]

He was Aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria from 1897 to 1899. His first cousin, Major-General Charles William Drury, was the father of Lady Beaverbrook.


Drury married Francis Ellen Whitehead, daughter of Robert Whitehead, of Beckett, Shrivenham, Berkshire. She died at the residence of her father on 22 February 1900.[7]


  1. ^ a b "ADMIRAL SIR C. C. DRURY.; Second Lord of Admiralty from 1903 Until 1908 Dies in London". New York Times. May 19, 1914. p. 9.
  2. ^ HMS Hood
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36763). London. 9 May 1902. p. 10.
  4. ^ Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904 - 1975
  5. ^ Attending the Prince of Wales The Duke of York's Royal Military School
  6. ^ Matron's Memories - the Gillingham naval orphans' home Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine Naval Historical Collectors & Research Association
  7. ^ "Deaths". The Times (36074). London. 24 February 1900. p. 1.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Day Bosanquet
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir George Atkinson-Willes
Preceded by
Sir John Fisher
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir William May
Preceded by
Lord Charles Beresford
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Assheton Curzon-Howe
Preceded by
Sir Gerard Noel
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Poore