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George Egerton (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir George Le Clerc Egerton KCB (17 October 1852 – 30 March 1940) was a senior Royal Navy officer from the Egerton family who rose to become Second Sea Lord.

Sir George Egerton
Born17 October 1852
Died30 March 1940 (1940-03-31) (aged 87)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1866 – 1916
UnitRoyal Navy
Commands heldHMS Majestic
Cape of Good Hope Station
Plymouth Command
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Naval careerEdit

Egerton joined the Royal Navy in 1866.[1] He served on the Arctic Expedition of 1875-76.[1] In 1893 he was promoted to Captain and appointed a Naval Attaché before serving with the Naval Brigade in Mombasa in 1895,[1] and he was Chief of Staff for the Benin Expedition in 1897.[1]

By early 1900 he was in command of the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Majestic, serving as flagship to Vice-Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet.[2] In June 1901 he was transferred to the President for service as Assistant Director of Torpedoes at the Admiralty,[3] a position he left the following February when he transferred to the torpedo school ship Vernon.[4]

He was appointed Second-in-Command of the Atlantic Fleet in 1906:[1] Egerton flew his flag on HMS Victorious, with Captain Robert Scott as his flag captain.[5] He became Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station in 1908 and Second Sea Lord in 1911.[1] He served in World War I as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.[1] He had previously served as ADC to King Edward VII, and retired in 1916.[1]


A grandson of The Rev Sir Philip Grey-Egerton, 9th Bt, he married, first, in 1882, Frances Emily Gladstone; they had two sons and a daughter, including rear-admiral Brian Egerton (1886–1973). He married, second, Margaret Stella Maunsell, in 1932.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Sir George Le Clerc Egerton Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36054). London. 1 February 1900. p. 6.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36468). London. 30 May 1901. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36666). London. 16 January 1902. p. 7.
  5. ^ Preston, Diana: A First Rate Tragedy: Captain Scott's Antarctic Expeditions Constable (pb edition), page 86, London, 1999 ISBN 0-09-479530-4 OCLC 59395617
  6. ^ The

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Edmund Poë
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
Succeeded by
Paul Bush
Preceded by
Sir Francis Bridgeman
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Prince Louis of Battenberg
Preceded by
Sir William May
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir George Warrender, Bt.