Charles Briggs (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Charles Briggs
Born 15 July 1858
Died 16 July 1951 (1951-07-17) (aged 93)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Vulcan
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Charles John Briggs KCB (15 July 1858 – 16 July 1951) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Briggs joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1872.[1] He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 22 June 1897, and appointed in command of the torpedo boat depot ship HMS Vulcan on 12 December 1901.[2]

He was appointed Rear Admiral in the First Division of the Home Fleet in 1909 before becoming Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy in 1910 and then being given command of the 4th Battle Squadron in the Home Fleet in 1913.[3] He retired in 1917.[4]


In 1901 he married Frances Mary Wilson; they had three sons and three daughters.[5]


  1. ^ Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904-1945
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36638). London. 14 December 1901. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Lt Maurice John Bethell, RN (1894-1916) at Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ "No. 30161". The London Gazette. 3 July 1917. p. 6549. 
  5. ^ Roots.web

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Jellicoe
Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Sir Gordon Moore