|George Fowler King-Hall|
14 August 1850|
Weymouth, Dorset, England
|Died||10 September 1939
|Commands held||Australia Station|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Admiral Sir George Fowler King–Hall KCB, CVO (14 August 1850 – 10 September 1939) was a senior officer of the Royal Navy. King-Hall was born on 14 August 1850 as the second surviving son of Admiral William King-Hall and Louisa Forman.
King-Hall was promoted to commander in 1885, and was captain of the sloop HMS Penguin from 1877 to 1889, during which time the ship was responsible for securing the Maldives as a British protectorate, and acted against slave traders in eastern African waters.
From 1900 to 1902, King-Hall served as Chief of Staff to Sir John Fisher during the latter's time as Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Station. He was the Senior Officer, Coast of Ireland Station, from 1906 to 1908.
King-Hall was later promoted to flag rank, and in 1911, was assigned as Commander in Chief of the Australia Station. During his two years in command, King-Hall helped to generate public support for the fledgling Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and to prepare the RAN for the 1913 transfer of responsibility for Australia's naval defence. King-Hall concluded his duties in Australia in October 1913, after which the office of Commander of the Australia Station was made redundant by the RAN position of Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Fleet.
In 1914 Admiral King-Hall was appointed the commander of the South African station. The German cruiser SMS Konigsberg was destroying Allied merchant ships on the east coast of Africa. He organized the task force that tracked the cruiser to its hiding place in the Rufiji River delta south of Dar es Salaam. In 1915 the task force, after several attempts, located and destroyed the cruiser.
He fathered two sons and two daughters. His eldest son was Stephen King-Hall, who served in the Royal Navy before becoming a politician. His daughters, Magdalen King-Hall and Lou King-Hall, were writers.
|Senior Officer, Coast of Ireland Station
Sir Alfred Paget
Sir Richard Poore
|Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station