Henry Edgar Grace

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Admiral (retired) Henry Edgar Grace, C.B., R.N. (11 July, 1876 – 19 March, 1937) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Born in Brompton, Grace was raised by his mother, Mrs. Nicholls. He gained eight months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1891.

Grace was promoted to Lieutenant on 15 May, 1896.

Grace was promoted to Commander on 31 December, 1906,

Grace was promoted to Captain on 31 December 1914.

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Grafton in June 1915, remaining in her until July 1917.

In May, 1918, he was appointed in command of Birkenhead, but sometime before mid-December, Arthur M. Stancomb took over as Acting Captain on a temporary basis.[1]

This cloudy date of succession may have been around 21 September, 1918, when Grace was appointed as captain of Vindictive.[2]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hugh L. P. Heard
Captain of H.M.S. Grafton
25 Jun, 1915[3] – 12 Jul, 1917
Succeeded by
Percy Johnson
Preceded by
Thomas D. Pratt
Captain of H.M.S. Yarmouth
13 Aug, 1917[4] – 6 Apr, 1918
Succeeded by
Cyril Asser
Preceded by
Henry F. G. Talbot
Captain of H.M.S. Birkenhead
17 May, 1918 – 21 Sep, 1918
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Stancomb
Preceded by
James G. P. Ingham
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
21 Sep, 1918[5] – 25 Aug, 1920
Succeeded by
Alan J. Mackenzie-Grieve
Preceded by
William Bowden-Smith
Commodore in Charge at Hong Kong
28 Apr, 1922[6] – 1924
Succeeded by
Anselan J. B. Stirling
Preceded by
Vernon H. S. Haggard
as Chief of the Submarine Service
Rear-Admiral (S)
1 Sep, 1927 – 2 Sep, 1929
Succeeded by
Martin E. Nasmith


  1. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 741.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 935.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 394s.
  4. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 399h.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 935.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 273.