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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
RankAdmiral
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]

FamilyEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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 Peerage.com

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Edmund Poë
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
1908–1910
Succeeded by
Paul Bush
Preceded by
Sir Francis Bridgeman
Second Sea Lord
1911
Succeeded by
Prince Louis of Battenberg
Preceded by
Sir William May
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
1913–1916
Succeeded by
Sir George Warrender, Bt.