Percy Addison

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Sir Albert Percy Addison
Born 8 November 1875
Southsea, Portsmouth
Died 13 November 1952(1952-11-13) (aged 77)
New Forest, Hampshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1889–1929
Rank Admiral
Commands held Destroyer Flotilla, Mediterranean Squadron (1924–26)
HM Australian Fleet (1922–24)
9th Submarine Flotilla (1917–19)
HMS Maidstone (1917–19)
HMS E52 (1917)
HMS Dartmouth (1915–17)
HMS Bonaventure (1909–10)
HMS Hazard (1906–07)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Mentioned in Despatches
Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d'honneur (France)
Croix de guerre (France)
Military Order of Savoy (Italy)
Order of the Rising Sun (Japan)

Admiral Sir Albert Percy Addison, KBE, CB, CMG (8 November 1875 – 13 November 1952) was a senior officer in the Royal Navy. He was the Rear Admiral Commanding His Majesty's Australian Fleet from 30 April 1922 to 30 April 1924.[1] During the First World War he was recognised by the British Admiralty as an authority on submarines, and his knowledge of that class of ship was used extensively.[2]

Naval career[edit]

Joining the Royal Navy on 15 July 1889 as a naval cadet, he was promoted to sub-lieutenant on 14 March 1895,[3] lieutenant on 22 June 1897,[4] he served upon HMS Mercury, later promoted to commander on 31 December 1907 and later to captain on 30 June 1913.[5]

He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George while commanding HMS Dartmouth, during the pursuit of and engagement with Austrian cruisers in the Strait of Otranto which had attacked the Allied drifter line on 14 May 1917. HMS Dartmouth was torpedoed on 15 May 1917 by the German submarine UC-25 after the engagement but he successfully brought his ship safely into port.[6]

Later while commanding submarine HMS E52, he led the action which sunk UC-63 (commanded by Oberleutenant Karsten von Heydebrec) on 1 November 1917 at Goodwin Sands, Dover Straits.[7] For his war service during the Great War he was also appointed Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d'honneur and awarded the Croix de guerre.

He became Rear Admiral Commanding His Majesty's Australian Fleet between 30 April 1922 and 30 April 1924.[1] He was promoted to Rear Admiral on 2 November 1923. After his appointment with the Australian Fleet ceased, he commanded the Destroyer Flotilla of the Mediterranean Squadron. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath on 3 June 1924,[8] and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 3 June 1931.[9] He became the Director of Dockyards to the Admiralty from 1928 to 1937.

After retiring on 1 March 1929, he was recalled in September 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War. He retired in April 1946, and died on 13 November 1952.[10]


  1. ^ a b The Argus (Melbourne, Vic) – Friday 10 February 1922. p6.
  2. ^ The Argus (Melbourne, Vic) – Tuesday 22 April 1924. p10.
  3. ^ "no. 26757". The London Gazette. 10 July 1896. p. 3978. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "no. 26865". The London Gazette. 22 June 1897. p. 3443. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "no. 28733". The London Gazette. 1 July 1913. p. 4640. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30258". The London Gazette. 28 August 1917. p. 8985. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: UC-63". U-Boat War in World War I. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "(Supplement) no. 32941". The London Gazette. 30 May 1924. p. 4408. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "(Supplement) no. 33722". The London Gazette. 2 June 1931. p. 3629. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  10. ^ Obituary, The Times, Saturday, 15 Nov 1952; pg. 8; Issue 52470; col E


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Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral John Dumaresq
Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Fleet
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Thomas Wardle