Henry Boyle Townshend Somerville

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Vice-Admiral Henry Boyle Townshend Somerville, C.M.G., Royal Navy, Retired (7 September, 1863 – 24 March, 1936) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

In May 1915, Somerville was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Amphitrite.[1]

In September 1915, he was made captain of the armoured cruiser King Alfred, remaining with her for about a year.[2]

Somerville was murdered at his home, The Point House, Castletownshend, Co. Cork, on 24 March, 1936 by members of the Irish Republican Army.


  • "Vice-Admiral Boyle Somerville" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 26 March, 1936. Issue 47333, col B, p. 16.

Service Records

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Victorian
17 Aug, 1914[3] – 2 Jun, 1915[4][5]
Succeeded by
Frederic H. Walter
Preceded by
Hubert Grant-Dalton
Captain of H.M.S. Amphitrite
May, 1915[6] – 11 Jul, 1915[Inference]
Succeeded by
William H. FitzClarence
Preceded by
George P. W. Hope
Captain of H.M.S. King Alfred
14 Sep, 1915[7] – Sep, 1916
Succeeded by
Frank O. Lewis
Preceded by
John D. Kelly
Captain of H.M.S. Devonshire
20 Oct, 1916[8] – 10 Nov, 1917[Inference]
Succeeded by
George B. Powell


  1. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  2. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401w.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401w.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 401z.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395f. Day of month is from Service Record, and may be 4, 14 or 24.
  8. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 393.