Trevylyan Napier

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Sir Trevylyan Napier
Rear-admiral Trevylyan Dacres Willes Napier Cb Mvo Art.IWMART1761.jpg
Rear-admiral Trevylyan Dacres Willes Napier by Francis Dodd
Birth nameTrevylyan Dacres Willes Napier
Born19 April 1867
Died30 July 1920 (1920-07-31) (aged 53)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldNorth America and West Indies Station
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Spouse(s)Mary Elizabeth Culme-Seymour

Vice Admiral Sir Trevylyan Dacres Willes Napier, KCB MVO (19 April 1867 – 30 July 1920) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Napier was the son of Ella Louisa (Wilson) and Vice-Admiral Gerard John Napier.[1] He joined the Royal Navy. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on 14 December 1887,[2] and to commander on 1 January 1889.[3] In April 1902 he was posted to the HMY Victoria and Albert, the King´s personal yacht, where he was second in command.[4] Promoted to captain in June 1903,[5] he was appointed in command of the HMY Victoria and Albert later that year[6] and the battleship HMS Bellerophon in 1911.[7] Promoted to Rear Admiral in November 1913,[8] he was based at the Royal Naval War College, then in Portsmouth, from 1913 and tested the mobilisation of the Home Fleet in June and July 1914.[7]

Napier saw active service in the First World War, from December 1914 commanding the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron and then from February 1915 the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron, seeing action at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, before taking command of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron in July 1917[7] and taking part in the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight in November 1917.[9] He commanded the whole Light Cruiser Force from January 1918 to April 1919.[7]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station in December 1919 but died in office during the following Summer.[7] He is buried at the Royal Naval Cemetery in Bermuda.[10]


In 1899 he married Mary Elizabeth Culme-Seymour, daughter of Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, 3rd Baronet; they had a son and two daughters.[1]

His great-granddaughter is actress and comedian Miranda Hart.[11]


  1. ^ a b "- Person Page 5294". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  2. ^ "No. 25771". The London Gazette. 30 December 1887. p. 7300.
  3. ^ "No. 27040". The London Gazette. 6 January 1899. p. 84.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36741). London. 14 April 1902. p. 11.
  5. ^ "No. 27572". The London Gazette. 3 June 1903. p. 4187.
  6. ^ "No. 27586". The London Gazette. 11 August 1903. p. 5058.
  7. ^ a b c d e Imperial War Museum Collection Search Private papers of Sir Trevylyan Napier. Accessed 30 June 2012
  8. ^ "No. 28772". The London Gazette. 11 November 1913. p. 7870.
  9. ^ "HMS CARDIFF IN ACTION IN THE HELIGOLAND BIGHT, 1917". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  10. ^ Where the spirit of the Royal Navy lives on[permanent dead link] Royal Gazette
  11. ^ "- Person Page 33052". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Morgan Singer
Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir William Pakenham