Charles Hope Dundas

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Admiral Sir Charles H. Dundas of Dundas, 1918.
© National Portrait Gallery, London.

Admiral SIR Charles Hope Dundas, Twenty-Eighth Chief of Dundas, K.C.M.G., Royal Navy, Retired (9 August, 1859 – 1 July, 1924) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Dundas entered the training ship Britannia in July, 1872, the same term as John Rushworth Jellicoe.

Dundas was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 29 June, 1883.[1]

On 13 May, 1884, Dundas was appointed to the Agincourt as Flag Lieutenant to Rear-Admiral William H. Whyte, Second-in-Command of the Channel Squadron.[2]

On 12 December, 1895, Dundas was appointed to the new battleship Magnificent.[3] He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December.[4] He was appointed Commander of the battleship Howe on 23 April, 1896.[5]

Captain

Dundas was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1901.[6]

In October 1904 while he was in command of the second class protected cruiser Forte on the Cape of Good Hope Station, the Admiralty thanked him for "prompt and effective action in delivering Cypher Message to the Russian Vol.[?] Cruisers Petersburg and Smolensk."[7]

Dundas served as captain of Ocean from September 1905 until the beginning of 1908, at which time he was appointed to the Naval Intelligence Department to serve on the Committee of Pay and Allowances In March, he was made the Royal Naval Attaché to Japan and China – a post he would hold until September 1910.

While serving as attaché, he was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King Edward VII on 2 January, 1909, vice Patey.[8]

Flag Rank

Dundas was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 22 July, 1910, vice Field.[9] He succeeded Rear-Admiral William L. Grant as Rear-Admiral for Special Service with Prince Louis of Battenberg, Vice-Admiral Commanding the Third and Fourth Divisions of the Home Fleet. He hoisted his flag in the Africa at Sheerness on 2 November, 1911, and transferred it the following day to the Home Fleet offices ashore.[10] During the Annual Manœuvres of 1913, he served as Second-in-Command of the Seventh Battle Squadron to Vice-Admiral Sir Henry B. Jackson. He hoisted his flag in the battleship Prince George.[11]on 2 July.[12] His two-year period as Rear-Admiral in the Home Fleets at the Nore and on Sir Frederick T. Hamilton's staff was extended until Hamilton's appointment expired.[13] He was succeeded by Rear-Admiral Stuart Nicholson on 5 December, 1913.[14]

Great War

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 10 January, 1916, vice Briggs,[15] and was placed on the Retired List on 25 January, in accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903.[16]

In the Birthday Honours of 4 June, 1917, Dundas was appointed a Knight Commander in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (K.C.M.G.) for his war services.[17]

Post-War & Retirement

He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 1 January, 1919.[18]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir C. Dundas of Dundas" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 2 July, 1924. Issue 43693, col D, p. 16.
  • Dundas of Dundas, Admiral Sir Charles (1922). An Admiral's Yarns: Stray Memories of 50 Years. London: Herbert Jenkins, Ltd..

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur A. C. Galloway
Captain of H.M.S. Scylla
21 Jul, 1903[19] – 1 Dec, 1903[Inference]
Succeeded by
Bernard Currey
Preceded by
Peyton Hoskyns
Captain of H.M.S. Forte
1 Dec, 1903[20] – 15 Feb, 1905
Succeeded by
Alfred E. A. Grant
Preceded by
Alfred E. A. Grant
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
15 Feb, 1905 – 16 Mar, 1905[Inference]
Succeeded by
Joseph R. Bridson
Preceded by
Thomas Y. Greet
Captain of H.M.S. Ocean
1 Sep, 1905[21][22] – 25 Jan, 1908[23]
Succeeded by
Francis W. Kennedy
Preceded by
Charles J. T. Dormer
Naval Attaché to Japan and China
1 Mar, 1908[24] – 16 Sep, 1910[25]
Succeeded by
Douglas E. R. Brownrigg
as Royal Navy Naval Attaché at Tokyo
Preceded by
?
Rear-Admiral Second-in-Command, Seventh Battle Squadron
2 Jul, 1912[26]
Succeeded by
Cecil F. Thursby
Preceded by
The Hon. Sir Alexander E. Bethell
as Vice-Admiral Commanding, Sixth Battle Squadron
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Sixth Battle Squadron
1913
Succeeded by
Stuart Nicholson
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25247. p. 3378. 3 July, 1883.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1884). p. 144.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 18 November, 1895. Issue 34737, col E, p. 7.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26694. p. 7532. 31 December, 1895.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 25 April, 1896. Issue 34874, col C, p. 9.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  7. Dundas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 358.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 28212. p. 131. 5 January, 1909.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 28400. p. 5396. 26 July, 1910.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, 2 November, 1911. Issue 39732, col C, p. 4.
  11. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, 17 June, 1912. Issue 39927, col C, p. 6.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, 19 June, 1912. Issue 39929, col E, p. 6.
  13. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, 14 October, 1913. Issue 40342, col F, p. 6.
  14. "Flag Changes at Sheerness" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 5 December, 1913. Issue 40387, col A, p. 6.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 29439. p. 626. 14 January, 1916.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 29454. p. 1130. 28 January, 1916.
  17. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30111. p. 5458. 4 June, 1917.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 31104. p. 199. 3 January, 1919.
  19. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 317.
  21. Dundas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 358.
  22. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 350.
  23. Dundas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 358.
  24. Dundas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 358.
  25. Dundas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 358.
  26. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 2 July, 1912. Issue 39940, col D, p. 6.