Lewis Clinton-Baker

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Sir Lewis Clinton-Baker
Born 16 March 1866
Died 12 December 1939
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1879 - 1927
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Gibraltar
HMS Berwick
HMS Hercules
HMS Benbow
East Indies Station
Battles/wars Mahdist War
Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Admiral Sir Lewis Clinton-Baker KCB KCVO CBE (16 March 1866 – 12 December 1939) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station.

History[edit]

Clinton-Baker joined the Royal Navy in 1879[1] He took part in the bombardment of Alexandria in 1882 and went to command HMS Gibraltar during the Second Boer War.[1] He was promoted to Commander on 1 January 1901[2] and commanded HMS Berwick from 1908.[3]

He served in World War I as Captain of HMS Hercules, which he commanded at the Battle of Jutland in 1916,[4] and then as Captain of HMS Benbow from later that year; he then took responsibility for laying a mine barrage across the North Sea[1] from a base at Grangemouth.[5]

He became Second-in-Command of the Second Battle Squadron in 1919, Admiral Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard in 1920[6] and Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1921.[7] In 1925 he was made Admiral commanding the Reserves[8] and in 1927 he retired.[9]

He lived at Bayfordbury in Hertfordshire.[10]

Family[edit]

In 1920 he married Rosa Agnes Henderson.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Visitation of England and Wales
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January 1901.
  3. ^ Navy List 1908
  4. ^ Battle of Jutland - Royal Navy Ships and Commanding Officers
  5. ^ Royal Navy Flag Officers 1914-1918
  6. ^ The Times, 9 June 1921
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1923
  8. ^ Navy Notes The RUSI Journal, Volume 70, Issue 479 August 1925 , pages 563 - 575
  9. ^ Navy Notes The RUSI Journal, Volume 72, Issue 487 August 1927 , pages 651 - 662
  10. ^ Stories about the Rev. James Fynes, Rector of St Andrews Church 1735-1774
  11. ^ Clarence 22
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Tothill
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
1921–1923
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Richmond