Guy Reginald Archer Gaunt

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Admiral Sir Guy R. A. Gaunt.

Admiral SIR Guy Reginald Archer Gaunt, K.C.M.G., C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (25 May, 1869 – 19 May, 1953) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

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Life & Career

Gaunt was specially promoted from the Supplementary List of Lieutenants to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1901, for services in Samoa.[1]

Captain

Gaunt was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1907.[2]

On 9 January, 1908, he was appointed in command of the battleship Majestic.[3]

Gaunt was appointed Captain of Andromeda on 29 January, 1909 for "Trooping".[4]

Gaunt assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Niobe in November 1909.[5]

On 15 February, 1910, he was appointed in command of the cruiser Challenger.[6]

On 12 September, 1912, he was given command of the super-dreadnought Thunderer.[7]

Gaunt was again appointed in command of Majestic on 16 October, 1912.[8]

On 1 June, 1914, Gaunt was appointed Naval Attaché at Washington, D.C..[9]

Great War

Following the outbreak of war in August, 1914, Gaunt remained in Washington, D.C. He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) on 1 January, 1916.[10] On 22 March, 1917, he was appointed Naval Liason Officer at Washington with the rank of Commodore, First Class.[11]

Gaunt was superseded in Washington in April, 1918, and was temporarily appointed to Leviathan with the rank of Commodore, First Class. On 9 May he was appointed to President for service in the Naval Intelligence Division.[12] On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 3 June.[13] He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V on 16 August, vice Borrett.[14] An Order in Council was obtained allowing Gaunt to be promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral when his turn came, despite not having the requisite qualifying service in command of a Ship of War at Sea.[15] On 10 September he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (K.C.M.G.).[16]

He was decorated with the K.C.M.G. and C.B. at Buckingham Palace on 24 October.[17] He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 26 October vice Napier,[18] and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 27 October, in accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 9 March, 1914.[19]

Retirement

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 19 July, 1924,[20] and was advanced to Admiral on the Retired List on 22 February, 1928.[21]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Adml. Sir Guy Gaunt" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 20 May, 1953. Issue 52626, col E, p. 10.
  • Gaunt, Admiral Sir Guy (1940). The Yield of the Years: A Story of Adventures Afloat and Ashore. London: Hutchinson.

Papers

Service Records


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Morgan Singer
Captain of H.M.S. Andromeda
29 Jan, 1909[22]
Succeeded by
Edwin V. Underhill
Preceded by
E. Hyde Parker
Captain of H.M.S. Niobe
Nov, 1909[5]
Succeeded by
Henry M. Doughty
Preceded by
Herbert C. C. Da Costa
Captain of H.M.S. Challenger
15 Feb, 1910[23]
Succeeded by
George D. Jephson
Preceded by
Henry F. Oliver
Captain of H.M.S. Thunderer
12 Sep, 1912[24]
Succeeded by
Thomas Jackson
Preceded by
George H. Borrett
Captain of H.M.S. Majestic
16 Oct, 1912[25]
Succeeded by
Edwin V. Underhill
Preceded by
Heathcoat S. Grant
Royal Navy Naval Attaché at Washington, D.C.
1 Jun, 1914[26]
Succeeded by
Arthur L. Snagge
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 27335. p. 4780. 19 July, 1901.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28034. p. 4433. 28 June, 1907.
  3. The Navy List (October, 1908). p. 343.
  4. Gaunt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 161.
  5. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  6. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 31 January, 1910. Issue 39183, col B, p. 17.
  7. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 13 September, 1913. Issue 40316, col C, p. 4.
  8. The Navy List (July, 1913), p. 343.
  9. The Navy List (December, 1914). p. 532.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29423. p. 83. 1 January, 1916.
  11. ADM 196/49. f. 161.
  12. ADM 196/49. f. 161.
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30723. p. 6527. 3 June, 1918.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 30868. p. 10053. 27 August, 1918.
  15. Order in Council of 4 September, 1918.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 30911. p. 11191. 20 September, 1918.
  17. ADM 196/49. f. 161.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 30992. p. 13001. 5 November, 1918.
  19. ADM 196/49. f. 161.
  20. The London Gazette: no. 32959. p. 5638. 25 July, 1924.
  21. The London Gazette: no. 33362. p. 1494. 2 March, 1928.
  22. Gaunt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 161.
  23. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 31 January, 1910. Issue 39183, col B, p. 17.
  24. Gaunt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 161.
  25. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 343.
  26. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 532.

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