George Atkinson-Willes

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Sir George Atkinson-Willes
Born 13 July 1847
Died 25 December 1921(1921-12-25) (aged 74)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1861 - 1912
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Comus
HMS Indefatigable
HMS Agamemnon
HMS Hero
HMS Howe
Home Fleet
East Indies Station
Battles/wars Somaliland Campaign
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir George Lambart Atkinson-Willes, KCB (13 July 1847 – 25 December 1921) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Leamington College and at Burney's Royal Naval Academy in Gosport,[1] Atkinson-Willes joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1861[2] and took part in the Abyssinian Expedition in 1868.[3]

Promoted to Captain in 1886,[2] he commanded HMS Comus, HMS Indefatigable, HMS Agamemnon, HMS Hero and then HMS Howe.[3] He was appointed Commodore commanding the Training Squadron in 1895 and then commanded the Dockyard Reserve at Chatham from 1898.[1] In 1901 he assumed the additional surname of Willes in compliance with the will of his uncle Admiral Sir George Ommanney Willes.[1] Promoted to Rear Admiral that year,[2] he became Second-in-Command of the Home Fleet in 1902 and Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1903.[1] He was at the head of a squadron of three ships which took part in the Somaliland Campaign in 1904.[4] He retired in 1912.[3]


He married Alice Mort (1856-1938), daughter of Thomas Sutcliffe Mort.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Drury
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Poë