Ragnar Musgrave Colvin

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Admiral SIR Ragnar Musgrave Colvin, K.B.E., C.B., R.N. (7 May, 1882 – 22 February, 1954) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Colvin was born in the India Office, Whitehall, the son of Cleveland Sneyd Colvin, civil servant.

Colvin passed out of Britannia in December, 1897 ranked nineteenth of the sixty-four cadets who passed out, with 1630 marks.[1]

Colvin was promoted to Lieutenant on 15 January, 1902.[2]

Colvin was promoted to Commander with seniority of 30 June, 1913.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December 1917.


On 27 June, 1919, he was appointed a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) for "valuable services as Assistant Director, Plans Division."[3]

In August 1919, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Caradoc.

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 August, 1929.

Colvin was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 March, 1934.[4]

He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 3 May, 1939.

Colvin died on 22 February, 1954 of a cerebral thrombosis.

See Also


  • "Admiral Sir Ragnar Colvin" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 24 February, 1954. Issue 52864, col D, p. 10.
  • Colvin, Admiral Sir Ragnar (1992). Memoirs of Admiral Sir Ragnar Colvin. Wintershill, Durley: Unknown Publisher.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
A. Dudley P. R. Pound
Assistant Director of Plans
Jan, 1918 – 7 Aug, 1919
Succeeded by
Alfred F. B. Carpenter
Preceded by
William M. Kerr
Captain of H.M.S. Caradoc
7 Aug, 1919[5] – after Dec, 1920
Succeeded by
Guy P. Bigg-Wither
Preceded by
John P. R. Marriott
as Royal Navy Naval Attaché at Tokyo
Royal Navy Naval Attaché for Japan and China
10 Mar, 1922 – 10 Apr, 1924
Succeeded by
Montague G. B. Legge
as Royal Navy Naval Attaché at Tokyo
Preceded by
Gilbert O. Stephenson
Captain of H.M.S. Revenge
31 Jul, 1924[6] – 26 Jul, 1926
Succeeded by
Dudley B. N. North
Preceded by
Geoffrey Blake
Chief of Staff to C-in-C, Atlantic Fleet
26 May, 1930[7]
Succeeded by
Dudley Burton Napier North
Preceded by
Wilfred F. French
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Second Battle Squadron
15 Dec, 1932 – 12 Dec, 1933
Succeeded by
Alban T. B. Curteis
as Vice-Admiral Commanding, Second Battle Squadron
Preceded by
Barry Edward Domvile
President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
8 Aug, 1934 – 20 Feb, 1937
Succeeded by
Sidney R. Bailey
Preceded by
George P. Thomson
First Naval Member of the Australian Naval Board
11 Sep, 1937 – 5 Feb, 1942
Succeeded by
Sir Guy C. C. Royle


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Dec 16, 1897; pg. 7; Issue 35388.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 16.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31421. p. 8066. 27 June, 1919.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 34029. p. 1425. 2 March, 1934.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 741.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 265.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 254.