Martyn Jerram

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Sir Martyn Jerram
Born 6 September 1858
Chobham, Surrey
Died 19 March 1933 (1933-03-20) (aged 74)
Alverstoke, Hampshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1871–1917
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Northampton
HMS Curacoa
HMS Albion
HMS Russell
China Station
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir (Thomas Henry) Martyn Jerram GCMG KCB (6 September 1858 – 19 March 1933)[1] was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

Naval career[edit]

Jerram joined the Royal Navy in 1871.[2] He commanded a Battalion of the Naval Brigade on an expedition to Kenya in 1890.[2] He was then Acting Vice Consul at Beira and Mpanda in Portuguese East Africa during the unrest in 1891.[2] He went on to command the ships HMS Northampton and HMS Curacoa. In March 1902 he was appointed flag captain of HMS Albion, second flagship on the China Station.[3] He later commanded HMS Russell.[2]

He joined the staff of the Commander of the 3rd Division of the Home Fleet in 1909 and commanded the White Fleet on manoeuvres later that year.[2] The following year he took command of the 4th Division Battleships and then became Second-in-Command of the Mediterranean Fleet.[2]

He served in World War I as Commander-in-Chief, China Station from 1913 to 1915, where he was involved in the 1915 Singapore mutiny before being made Commander of the 2nd Battle Squadron in which capacity he took part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[2] Admiral Lord Beatty was subsequently critical of Jerram's role complaining that Jerram failed to support him as darkness fell.[4] He retired in 1917.[4]


In 1892 he married Clara Isabel Parsons; they had two sons.[4]


  1. ^ "Life story for Thomas Henry Martyn Jerram". Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36709). London. 7 March 1902. p. 8. 
  4. ^ a b c Sir Martyn Jerram at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Alfred Winsloe
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir William Grant