Victor Stanley (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Victor Stanley
Born 17 January 1867
Died 9 June 1934
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 The Honourable 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, 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 married in 1896 Canadian Annie Bickerton Pooley, daughter of Hon. C. E. Pooley, K.C., of British Columbia.[5]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Goodenough
Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Rudolph Bentinck