Fischer Watson

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Fischer Watson
Born 3 September 1884
Died 14 August 1960 (1960-08-15) (aged 75)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1899–1945
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS Loyal
HMS Tempest
HMS Shakespeare
HMS Velox
HMS Caledon
HMS Nelson
New Zealand Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order & bar

Rear-Admiral Fischer Burges Watson CBE DSO & bar (3 September 1884 – 14 August 1960) was a Royal Navy officer who became Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division.

Naval career[edit]

Born the eldest son of Rear Admiral Burges Watson and Marie Thérèse Fischer and educated at Ashdown House and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Watson joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1899.[1] In early June 1902 it was announced that he would be posted to the HMS Magnificent, serving in the Channel Squadron,[2] but the appointment was cancelled and later the same month he was posted as Midshipman on board the protected cruiser HMS Ariadne, about to become flagship on the North America and West Indies Station.[3]

He served in World War I as Commanding Officer of the destroyer HMS Loyal from the start of the War, of HMS Tempest from April 1917 and of HMS Shakespeare from September 1918.[1] After the War he briefly commanded HMS Velox before being appointed Assistant to Chief of Staff and Maintenance Captain at Portsmouth in 1920.[1] He became Commanding Officer of the cruiser HMS Caledon in 1924, Chief Staff Officer to the Rear Admiral-in-Charge Gibraltar in 1926 and Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord in 1928.[1] He went on to be Commanding Officer of the battleship HMS Nelson in 1930 and Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division in 1932.[1] He retired in 1935 but was recalled in 1939[4] at the start of World War II during which he served on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief Western Approaches before becoming Commodore of Ocean Convoys in October 1940, Senior Officer for Landing Ship Tank Flotilla in the Mediterranean Fleet in April 1943 and Senior Naval Officer at Selsey in May 1944.[1] He last appointment was as Flag Officer-in-Charge at Harwich in September 1944 before retiring again in 1945.[1]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[5]


In 1909 he married Sybil Mona Caroline Holden; they had three daughters.[1] Following the death of his first wife he married Mabel Harford Underwood in 1931.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Unit Histories
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36790). London. 10 June 1902. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36799). London. 20 June 1902. p. 10. 
  4. ^ Admiral Back on Duty Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 21 November 192
  5. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Blake
Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand Division
Succeeded by
Edmund Drummond