Ernest Taylor (Royal Navy officer)

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Vice-Admiral Sir Ernest Augustus Taylor CMG CVO (17 April 1876 – 11 March 1971) was a British Royal Navy officer and politician.[1]

In 1898 he married Rose Campbell.

Naval career[edit]

Vice Admiral Taylor entered HMS Britannia in 1890 and went to sea two years later. He served as a flag Captain in World War I. In early May 1902, he was appointed to serve as gunnery and became Captain of the battleship HMS Renown (1916). In 1920, he was in the entourage for the Prince of Wales's tours of Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.[2]

In World War I, he commanded the pre-dreadnought Queen[3] and the light cruiser Birmingham.[4]

Political career[edit]

He was a member of London County Council from 1925–28.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Paddington South from 1930 to 1950.[1][5]

He won the Paddington South byelection in 1930 as a candidate for the Empire Free Trade Crusade, retaining it in the 1931 General Election. He joined the Conservative Party after that General election.


  1. ^ a b "TAYLOR, Vice-Adm. Sir Ernest Augustus". Who Was Who. A & C Black. 1920–2008. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36752). London. 26 April 1902. p. 11. 
  3. ^ The Navy List (December, 1916). p. 397e.
  4. ^ The Navy List (December, 1918). p. 741.
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Douglas King
Member of Parliament for Paddington South
Succeeded by
Somerset de Chair