John Douglas Edwards

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Vice-Admiral John Douglas Edwards, C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (29 September, 1871 – 30 March, 1952) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Edwards was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1909.[1] On 10 January, 1910, he was appointed to H.M.S. President for service on the staff of the Inspector of Target Practice.[2]

Great War

On 15 September Edwards was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) dated 31 May.[3]

On 1 December 1913, Edwards was appointed in command of the sloop Falmouth.[4] He commanded Falmouth at the Battle of Jutland, operating as part of the Third Light Cruiser Squadron.[5] He remained with the ship until she was lost to torpedo on 16 August, 1916.

He was appointed Captain of the armoured cruiser Kent in June 1918.


Edwards was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 1 March, 1926.[6]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Eustace La T. Leatham
Captain of H.M.S. King Alfred
5 Jan, 1912[7]
Succeeded by
Walter M. Ellerton
Preceded by
Reginald L. Crichton
Captain of H.M.S. King Alfred
16 Jul, 1913[8]
Succeeded by
Richard H. Walters
Preceded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier
Captain of H.M.S. Falmouth
1 Dec, 1913[9] – 19 Aug, 1916[10]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
George Trewby
Captain of H.M.S. Kent
11 Jun, 1918[11]
Succeeded by


  1. The London Gazette: no. 28325. p. 29. 4 January, 1910.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 12 January, 1910. Issue 39167, col B, p. 6.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9070. 15 September, 1916.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 313.
  5. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 33, 46.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 33139. p. 1650. 5 March, 1926.
  7. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 336.
  8. Edwards Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 212.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394d.
  10. Edwards Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. ?.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 825.