Cecil Vivian Usborne

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Cecil Vivian Usborne
Born17 May 1880
Died31 January 1951 (1951-02-01) (aged 70)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankVice admiral
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

Vice-Admiral Cecil Vivian Usborne, CB, CMG (17 May 1880 – 31 January 1951) was a high-ranking officer in the British Royal Navy. He served as the Director of Naval Intelligence between 1930 and 1932. His son Henry Usborne was a Member of Parliament 1945–59.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Usborne entered the navy as an acting sub-lieutenant. He was confirmed in this rank in July 1899,[2] and promoted to lieutenant in January 1900.[3] He was further promoted to commander in July 1912,[4] and a captain before 1918. He became Deputy Director of Naval Ordnance in January 1919 and Deputy Director of Gunnery and Anti-Aircraft Warfare in August 1922.[5]

In April 1928 he was appointed a Naval aide-de-camp to the King[6] and promoted to rear admiral.[7] He served as the Director of Naval Intelligence between 1930 and 1932.[5] Promotion to vice-admiral came in January 1933.[8]

He was brought back into the Navy during the Second World War as Naval Adviser to the First Sea Lord to develop anti-U-boat weapons. As his assistant he employed Edward Terrell who had developed plastic armour.

Usborne was also Captain of the Tactical School, Portsmouth.[1]


After service during the First World War, he was appointed a Commander of the Greek Order of the Redeemer by Alexander, King of the Hellenes in April 1918,[9] a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) by King George V in June 1918,[10] and an Officer of the French Légion d′honneur in May 1919.[11] In June 1930 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)[12]


  1. ^ a b "Vice-Admiral Cecil Vivian Usborne". The Usborne Family. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ "No. 27236". The London Gazette. 9 October 1900. p. 6180.
  3. ^ "No. 27308". The London Gazette. 26 April 1901. p. 2858.
  4. ^ "No. 28623". The London Gazette. 2 July 1912. p. 4748.
  5. ^ a b "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ "No. 33376". The London Gazette. 17 April 1928. p. 2741.
  7. ^ "No. 33378". The London Gazette. 24 April 1928. p. 2900.
  8. ^ "No. 33900". The London Gazette. 6 January 1933. p. 127.
  9. ^ "No. 30616". The London Gazette. 6 April 1918. p. 4265.
  10. ^ "No. 30723". The London Gazette. 3 June 1918. p. 6530.
  11. ^ "No. 31360". The London Gazette. 27 May 1919. p. 6505.
  12. ^ "No. 3475". The London Gazette. 3 June 1930. p. 2858.
  • Terrell, Edward (1958). Admiralty brief: the story of inventions that contributed to victory in the Battle of the Atlantic. Harrap.
Military offices
Preceded by
Barry Domvile
Director of Naval Intelligence
Succeeded by
Gerald Dickens