James Fergusson (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir James Fergusson
Born 16 April 1871
Died 13 April 1942
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held North America and West Indies Station
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Admiral Sir James Andrew Fergusson, KCB KCMG (16 April 1871 – 13 April 1942) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet and Lady Edith Christian Ramsay, Napier joined the Royal Navy in 1887.[1] He served in the Second Boer War during which he was mentioned in despatches and wounded.[2] He also served in World War I commanding the battleships HMS Benbow and HMS Thunderer and seeing action at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[1] He went on to be Commander of Patrols at Malta and then Commander of the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron in which capacity he was present at the surrender of the German Fleet.[1]

After the War he became Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff and then Assistant-Chief of the Naval Staff.[1] He became Commander of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron in 1920 and went on to be Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station in 1924.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1901 he married Enid Githa Williams; they had four daughters.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Resignations and Promotions Evening Post 5 May 1922
  2. ^ a b c The Peerage.com

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Sydney Fremantle
Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff
May 1919–August 1919
Succeeded by
Sir Osmond Brock
Preceded by
Sir Michael Culme-Seymour
Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
1924–1926
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Cowan