Edward Chichester, Ninth Baronet

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Rear-Admiral SIR Edward Chichester, Ninth Baronet, C.M.G., C.B., Royal Navy (20 November, 1849 – 17 September, 1906) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Edward Chichester was born in Barnstaple, the son of Sir Arthur Chichester, Eighth Baronet.

Chichester was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 8 December, 1870.

For services rendered during the operations in Egypt, Chichester was specially promoted to the rank of Commander with seniority of 18 November, 1882.[1]

Chichester was appointed in command of Bittern on 20 July, 1885. He paid her off on 3 February, 1886.

Chichester was appointed in command of the troopship Himalaya on 20 April, 1892. He left when he paid her off on 28 September, 1894.

Chichester was appointed to command the armoured cruiser Immortalité on 19 November, 1895.[2] During his time in command of Immortalité he became involved in the aftermath of the American victory at the Battle of Manila Bay when Immortalité was sent to Manila Bay. Despite Britain's neutrality in the Spanish-American War, Chichester apparently worked closely with American Commodore George Dewey, who "was especially grateful" for Chichester's "understanding attitude".[3]

Chichester was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen dated 25 August, 1899, vice Watson.[4] Shortly afterwards, he was appointed additional to the second class protected cruiser Doris on 11 September, 1899 for service as the Principal Transport Officer, Natal.[5]

On 6 November, 1900, for his services in South Africa, Chichester was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.).[6]

He was reappointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp, to King Edward VII, on 25 February, 1901.[7]

Chichester was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 25 January, 1902, vice Fanshawe.[8] He was appointed to succeed Vice-Admiral William Acland as Admiral-Superintendent at Gibraltar on 10 June, 1904.[9]

Chichester was granted leave to England from 13 June to 5 July, 1906. This was extended to 15 August, 1906. He died of pneumonia on 17 September 1906, shortly after his return to Gibraltar.


  • "Sir Edward Chichester" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 18 September, 1906. Issue 38128, col F, p. 4.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Hearty
7 Sep, 1886[10] – 7 Jan, 1889
Succeeded by
William Wilson
Preceded by
George F. King-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Scylla
10 Feb, 1895 – 7 Jun, 1895
Succeeded by
Percy M. Scott
Preceded by
Alexander G. McKechnie
Captain of H.M.S. Immortalité
19 Nov, 1895[11]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. C. Galloway
Preceded by
Francis S. Clayton
Captain of H.M.S. Triumph
22 Mar, 1901[12]
Succeeded by
Cecil F. Thursby
Preceded by
John H. Rainer
Captain of the Devonport Fleet Reserve
22 Mar, 1901[13] – 11 Jul, 1902
Succeeded by
Arthur W. E. Prothero
Preceded by
Sir William A. D. Acland, Bart.
Senior Officer, Gibraltar
10 Jun, 1904[14] – 11 Aug, 1908
Succeeded by
Sir James E. C. Goodrich


  1. The London Gazette: no. 25169. p. 5173. 17 November, 1882.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1897). p. 232.
  3. Braisted. U.S. Navy in the Pacific, 1897-1909. p. 33.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27120. p. 5869. 26 September, 1899.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1900). p. 244.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27244. p. 6766. 6 November, 1900.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27289. p. 1417. 26 February, 1901.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 27405. p. 844. 11 February, 1902.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 4 June, 1904. Issue 37412, col F, p. 7.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 211.
  11. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 260.
  12. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 308.
  13. Chichester Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 208.
  14. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 4 June, 1904. Issue 37412, col F, p. 7.