Edmond Slade

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Sir Edmond Slade
Vice Admiral Sir Edmond John Warre Slade Rn Q69064.jpg
Born 20 March 1859
Died 20 January 1928
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held Cocktrice
HMS Algerine
HMS Diana
East Indies Station
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Rear-Admiral Sir Edmond John Warre Slade, KCIE, KCVO (20 March 1859 – 20 January 1928) was a British rear-admiral and a director of the Naval Intelligence Division. His daughter Madeline Slade was an Indian National Congress supporter and Hindu.

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of Rev George Fitzclarence Slade (1831–1904) (a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and the 11th son of General Sir John Slade), Edmond Slade joined the Royal Navy in 1872. He was appointed to HMS Northumberland as a midshipman in 1874. Promoted to Sub-Lieutenant in 1878, Lieutenant in 1879 and Commander in 1894, he commanded Cocktrice, a paddle gunboat stationed in the Danube to represent Great Britain on the Danube Commission in January 1895.[1]

In 1898 he commanded the sloop HMS Algerine in China. Promoted to Captain in December 1899,[2] he commanded the cruiser HMS Diana in the Mediterranean from 1902. When the King visited Malta in 1903 Slade was appointed MVO.[3] He was made Commander of the Royal Naval War College in 1904 and Director of Naval Intelligence in 1907.[1]

Promoted Rear-Admiral in 1908,[4] he represented the Admiralty at the International Maritime Conference (December 1908 to February 1909) which resulted in the Declaration of London. He became Commander in Chief, East Indies Station in 1909. He was appointed KCIE in 1911[5] and in 1912 when the King and Queen visited India for the Durbar he was also appointed KCVO.[6]

In 1913 he was sent by Winston Churchill to investigate purchasing a 51% stake in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. The expedition gave a positive report and the British Government bought a 51% stake in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company just before the outbreak of the First World War. As part of the agreement the Government had the right to appoint two directors, and Slade became one of these, a position he held until his death.[1]

He retired from the Navy with the rank of full Admiral on 1 September 1917.

Family[edit]

In 1887 Edmond married Florence Madeleine, eldest daughter of Mr James Carr Saunders of Milton Heath, Dorking (but born in Reigate, Surrey in 1870), and had two daughters: Rhona Warre and Madeline Warre Slade.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png

Ribbon bar Order of the Indian Empire.jpg Egypt Medal BAR.svg Africa General Service Medal BAR.svg Naval General Service Medal 1915 BAR.svg

British War Medal BAR.svg King George V Coronation Medal ribbon.png Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Khedives Star.png

Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) 1912
Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) 1903
Ribbon bar Order of the Indian Empire.jpg Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (KCIE) 1911
Egypt Medal BAR.svg Egypt Medal
Africa General Service Medal BAR.svg Africa General Service Medal with 'Somaliland 1908-10' clasp
Naval General Service Medal 1915 BAR.svg Naval General Service Medal (1915) with 'Persian Gulf 1909-14' clasp
British War Medal BAR.svg British War Medal
King George V Coronation Medal ribbon.png King George V Coronation Medal 1911
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)
Khedives Star.png Khedive's Star (Khedivate of Egypt)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Page on Edmond Slade based on his Naval Record in the National Archives and his Obituary in The Times
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January 1900. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27560. p. 3525. 2 June 1903. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28193. p. 8028. 6 January 1908. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28452. p. 4. 2 January 1911. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28559. p. 9364. 12 December 1911. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
  7. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage 1963 p. 2243
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George Warrender
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
1909–1912
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Bethell