George Willes Watson

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Admiral SIR George Willes Watson, K.C.B., Royal Navy (5 April, 1827 – 26 April, 1897) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Watson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 8 March, 1849.

Watson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 9 August, 1858.

Watson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 16 February, 1864.

Watson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 9 January, 1880.

Watson was appointed Admiral Superintendent of Chatham Royal Dockyard on 1 December, 1881.[1]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 12 April, 1886.

On the occasion of Queen Victoria's birthday, Watson was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 30 May, 1891.[2]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 25 February, 1892.[3] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, he was placed on the Retired List from 5 April.[4]

Bibliography

  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 27 April, 1897. Issue 35188, col B, p. 10.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Crocodile
16 Apr, 1867[5]
Succeeded by
George H. Parkin
Preceded by
John E. Parish
Commodore in Charge at Hong Kong
1 Mar, 1876[6]
Succeeded by
William H. Cuming
Preceded by
Michael Culme-Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Temeraire
29 Jul, 1879 – 11 Mar, 1880
Succeeded by
Compton E. Domvile
Preceded by
Thomas Brandreth
Admiral Superintendent, Chatham Dockyard
1 Dec, 1881[7] – 1 May, 1886
Succeeded by
William Codrington
Preceded by
Algernon McL. Lyons
Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
15 Dec, 1888[8] – 24 Mar, 1892
Succeeded by
Sir John O. Hopkins

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 304.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26167. p. 2921. 30 May, 1891.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26263. p. 1201. 1 March, 1892.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26279. p. 2252. 15 April, 1892.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1860). p. 225.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1878). p. 305.
  7. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 304.
  8. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 87.