George Cecil Herbert Lawson

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Commander (retired) George Cecil Herbert Lawson, R.N. (26 September, 1886 – 18 May, 1939) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Woolwich, the son of Captain F. B. Lawson of the Royal Marines.

Lawson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 39 June, 1908. Lawson would serve in the battleship H.M.S. Africa from early 1909 through early 1911 before spending two years in the battlecruiser Indefatigable.

He then joined the scout cruiser Attentive, becoming her first officer as she led first the First Destroyer Flotilla and then the Sixth of the Dover Patrol after war broke out. He served in her until he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1916, leaving her in mid-July to take command of the elderly "C" Class destroyer Star. On 11 June 1917, he was appointed in command of the more modern destroyer Hornet.

Lawson was appointed in command of the destroyer Salmon on 24 June, 1918.[1]

Lawson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 November, 1926.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Kenneth G. Ramsey
Captain of H.M.S. Star
26 Jul, 1916[2] – 4 Jun, 1917
Succeeded by
Harold Holehouse
Preceded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Captain of H.M.S. Hornet
11 Jun, 1917[3] – 26 Dec, 1917
Succeeded by
Charles K. Adam
Preceded by
John Brooke
Captain of H.M.S. Mastiff
26 Dec, 1917 – 31 May, 1918
Succeeded by
George E. L. Atwood
Preceded by
Sir Andrew B. Cunningham
Captain of H.M.S. Termagant
26 May, 1918 – c. 20 Jun, 1918
Succeeded by
Godfrey R. Chambers
Preceded by
William B. Mackenzie
Captain of H.M.S. Salmon
24 Jun, 1918[4] – 9 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by
Ronald H. C. Hallifax
Preceded by
Ian A. R. MacNaughton
Captain of H.M.S. Mantis
26 Dec, 1919[5] – Jan, 1922
Succeeded by
Henry D. C. Stanistreet
Preceded by
Barry V. Sturdee
Captain of H.M.S. Lupin
10 Nov, 1922[6] – 23 Nov, 1922
Succeeded by
Roy N. Suter


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 902.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398d-k.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394l.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 902.
  5. Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Dec 30, 1919; pg. 19; Issue 42294.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 779.