John Frederick Ernest Green

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Admiral Sir John F. E. Green, portrayed as a Rear-Admiral, 1918.
Portrait: Francis Dodd. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1741).

Admiral SIR John Frederick Ernest Green, K.C.M.G., C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (8 August, 1866 – 30 October, 1948) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

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Early Life & Career

At the examination for naval cadetships Green placed twenty-ninth out of thirty-seven successful candidates.[1]

Green was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 January, 1890.[2]

Green was specially promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1901, for services in China.[3]

Green was commended for his work in helping salve the destroyer Ariel in 1907.[4]

Captain

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1906.[5]

He was appointed command of the second class protected cruiser Forte on 30 May, 1908.[6]

Near the end of 1908, Forte delivered such a terrible result in a gunlayer's test that a Court of Inquiry was convened, leading to the determination that Green and his officers had failed to provide sufficient training. Worse was to follow – in 1910 the cruiser ran aground and Their Lordships expressed "severe displeasure for failure to comply with K. R. & for unseamanlike manner in which H. M. ship was navigated."[7] Green left Forte in March of 1911 and was placed in command of the armoured cruiser Essex in September, staying with her eight months.

Green was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Royal Arthur in October, 1912.

He was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Natal on 14 May, 1913.[8] Once again, misfortune attended him as Natal collided in fog with a fishing vessel on 5 June, 1913. Their Lordships were unable to concur with the opinion of the Court of Inquiry, which had determined that the 10 knots Natal was making in the fog was excessive.[9]

Great War

At the outbreak of war, he was in command of the armoured cruiser Natal.[10]

He was appointed command of the battlecruiser New Zealand in June, 1915,[11] and in this ship was flag captain for the Second Battle Cruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland.[12]

On 15 September 1916, he 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.[13]

Green was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 September, 1917, vice Stoddart,[14] and was appointed Senior Naval Officer on the Clyde on 20 October, 1917.[15] On 30 October, 1918, he was appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding in the White Sea, with his flag in H.M.S. Glory.[16]

Post-War

On 1 April, 1922, Green was appointed Commanding Officer, Coast of Scotland and Admiral Superintendent of Rosyth Royal Dockyard.[17]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 November, 1922, vice Halsey.[18] On 1 January, 1925, he was placed on the Retired List at his own request.[19]

Retirement

While shooting in Fife on 31 October, 1925 with fellow retired admiral Edward H. Moubray and Admiral Sir Henry Oliver, Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet, Green wheeled for a woodcock, fired and shot one barrel into Oliver, fortunately not seriously injuring him. According to Oliver, Green had accidentally shot someone before, and acquired a reputation for doing so.[20]

Green was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 1 August, 1927.[21]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir John Green" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 2 November, 1948. Issue 51218, col E, p. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John C. Hamilton
Captain of H.M.S. Greyhound
21 Jul, 1903[22][23] – 18 Aug, 1903[24]
Succeeded by
Bernard J. H. Ward
Preceded by
Herbert J. O. Millar
Captain of H.M.S. Forte
30 May, 1908[25][26] – Mar, 1911[27]
Succeeded by
George B. Hutton
Preceded by
The Hon. Victor A. Stanley
Captain of H.M.S. Essex
26 Sep, 1911[28] – 2 Oct, 1912[29]
Succeeded by
Hugh J. Tweedie
Preceded by
Bentinck J. D. Yelverton
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Arthur
22 Oct, 1912[30] – 3 Feb, 1913[31]
Succeeded by
Theobald W. B. Kennedy
Preceded by
Clement Greatorex
Captain of H.M.S. Natal
14 May, 1913[32][33] – Jun, 1915[34]
Succeeded by
Eric P. C. Back
Preceded by
Lionel Halsey
Captain of H.M.S. New Zealand
Jun, 1915[35][36] – 1 Oct, 1917[37]
Succeeded by
Richard Webb
Preceded by
Henry H. Bruce
Admiral Superintendent of Rosyth Dockyard
1 Apr, 1920[38] – 1 Apr, 1922[39]
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt, Bart.
Preceded by
Sir Herbert L. Heath
Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
1 Apr, 1922[40][41] – 30 Jun, 1923
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt, Bart.

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 25 June, 1879. Issue 29603, col E, p. 7.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26007. p. 7553. 31 December, 1889.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  4. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. folio opposite 260.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27927. p. 4466. 29 June, 1906.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 318.
  7. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. folio opposite 260.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 347.
  9. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. folio opposite 260.
  10. Naval Operations. Volume I. p. 439.
  11. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396f.
  12. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9070. 15 September, 1916.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 30267. p. 9151. 4 September, 1917.
  15. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1918). p. 4.
  16. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). p. 7.
  17. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 27 March, 1922. Issue 42990, col A, p. 23.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 32764. p. 7873. 7 November, 1922.
  19. The London Gazette: no. 33010. p. 219. 9 January, 1925.
  20. "Oliver Typescript Memoir." II. pp. 270-271.
  21. The London Gazette: no. 33300. p. 5105. 5 August, 1927.
  22. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 16 July, 1903. Issue 37134, col D, p. 8.
  23. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  24. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 318.
  26. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  27. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  28. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  29. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  30. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  31. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  32. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 347.
  33. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  34. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  35. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396f.
  36. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  37. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  38. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  39. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.
  40. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 27 March, 1922. Issue 42990, col A, p. 23.
  41. Green Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 260.

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