Cecil Vivian Usborne

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Vice-Admiral Cecil Vivian Usborne, CB, CMG (17 May 1880 – 31 January 1951) was a high-ranking officer in the British Royal Navy. He served as the Director of Naval Intelligence and later a Member of Parliament.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Usborne entered the navy as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant. He was confirmed in this rank in July 1899,[2] and promoted to Lieutenant in January 1900.[3] He was further promoted to Commander in July 1912,[4] and a Captain before 1918.

In April 1928 he was appointed a Naval Aide de Camp to the King[5] and promoted to Rear-Admiral.[6] Promotion to Vice-Admiral came in January 1933.[7]

He was brought back into the Navy during the Second World War as Naval Adviser to the First Sea Lord to develop anti-U-boat weapons. As his assistant he employed Edward Terrell who had developed Plastic Armour.

Usborne was also Captain of Tactical School, Portsmouth

Honours[edit]

After service during the First World War, he was appointed a Commander of the Greek Order of the Redeemer by Alexander, King of the Hellenes in April 1918,[8] a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) by King George V in June 1918,[9] and an Officer of the French Légion d′honneur in May 1919.[10] In June 1930 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)[11]

References[edit]

Bibliography
  • Terrell, Edward (1958). Admiralty brief: the story of inventions that contributed to victory in the Battle of the Atlantic. Harrap.