Victor Stanley (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Victor Stanley
Born 17 January 1867
Died 9 June 1934 (1934-06-10) (aged 67)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HMS Essex
Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
HMS Erin
Reserve Fleet
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Vice-Admiral Sir Victor Albert Stanley KCB MVO (17 January 1867 – 9 June 1934) was a senior Royal Navy officer who commanded the Reserve Fleet.

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of the Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, giving him the honorific "The Honourable", Stanley entered the navy in 1880, was appointed a Lieutenant in 1889, promoted to Commander in January 1901,[1] and Captain 1905. He became naval attaché to Russia in 1905, commanding officer of the cruiser HMS Essex in 1909 and Captain of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1912.[2] He served in World War I as commanding officer of the battleship HMS Erin from 1914 to 1917.[3] He became naval attaché in the British delegation to Washington D. C. in 1918, Second-in-Command of the 1st Battle Squadron in 1919 and Vice Admiral Commanding the Reserve Fleet in 1924 before retiring in 1926.[4]

He stood unsuccessfully for the Conservative Party.

General Election 1923: Blackpool [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Hugh Mowbray Meyler 22,264 53.7 +3.9
Unionist Hon. Victor Albert Stanley 19,192 46.3 -3.9
Majority 3,072 7.4 7.8
Turnout 84.8 +6.5
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +3.9


He married in 1896 Canadian Annie Bickerton Pooley, daughter of Hon. C. E. Pooley, K.C., of British Columbia.[6]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January 1901.
  2. ^ Naval and Military Intelligence, The Times, 8 July 1912
  3. ^ The Navy List, October 1915
  4. ^ Senior Royal Navy Appointments
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-49, FWS Craig
  6. ^ Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada: (Toronto, 1903)
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Goodenough
Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Rudolph Bentinck