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Admiral Sir Richard Poore, 4th Baronet KCB CVO JP DL (7 July 1853 – 8 December 1930)[1] was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.[2]

Sir Richard Poore
Born7 July 1853
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Died8 December 1930(1930-12-08) (aged 77)
Vevey, Switzerland
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1866–1917
Commands heldHMS Hawke
HMS Illustrious
Australia Station
Nore Command
Battles/warsMahdist War
World War I
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Grand Officier of the Légion d'honneur
Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy

Naval careerEdit

Poore served in the Naval Brigade as part of the Perak expedition to Malaya in 1875.[3] He also took part in the Bombardment of Alexandria in 1882[3] and the unsuccessful Nile Expedition to Khartoum to relieve General Gordon in 1884.[3] He became captain of HMS Hawke in 1897 and in that capacity was involved in operations that led to the pacification of Crete later that year.[4] In April 1898 he was appointed in command of the battleship HMS Illustrious, also serving in the Mediterranean.[5]

On 9 March 1900 he was appointed flag captain to HMS Vivid, flagship and yacht to the port admiral at Devonport, for command of the RN Barracks.[6] In June 1901, he was appointed a Naval Aide de Camp to King Edward VII.[7]

He became Rear Admiral for the Mediterranean and Channel Fleet in 1904 and Commander-in-Chief of the Australia Station in 1908.[3] Finally he became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1911, serving in that post into World War I.[3] He retired in 1917.[3] On 19 July 1920, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire.[8]

Honours and awardsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

In 1885, he married Ida Margaret Graves, daughter of Rt Rev Charles Graves, sister of Alfred Perceval Graves, and aunt of poet Robert Graves. They had one son:[2]

  • Sub.-Lt. Robert Poore RN (27 June 1886 –   19 September 1915)

He lived at the East End Manor in Durrington in Wiltshire.[12]

He died in Vevey, Switzerland, in 1930. After his death, the baronetcy was inherited by his nephew Edward Poore (1894–1938), son of his younger brother, Herbert.[2]


  1. ^ "Admiral Sir Richard Poore – Distinguished Service at Home and Abroad". Obituaries. The Times (45693). London. 11 December 1930. col B, p. 10.
  2. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3173. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Sir Richard Poore Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ HMS Hawke Battleships
  5. ^ Poore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM196/39. f. 1049.
  6. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36060). London. 8 February 1900. p. 10.
  7. ^ "No. 27350". The London Gazette. 30 August 1901. p. 5738.
  8. ^ "No. 31991". The London Gazette. 23 July 1920. p. 7776.
  9. ^ "No. 27826". The London Gazette. 11 August 1905. p. 5532.
  10. ^ "No. 28263". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1909. p. 4853.
  11. ^ a b "No. 31553". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 September 1919. p. 11582.
  12. ^ Peter James Jellicoe Hargrave Archived 11 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Wilmot Fawkes
Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station
Succeeded by
Sir George King-Hall
Preceded by
Sir Charles Drury
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir George Callaghan
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Poore
(of Rushall)
Succeeded by
Edward Poore