Robert Neale Lawson

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Rear-Admiral Robert Neale Lawson, C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (8 March, 1873 – 11 August, 1945) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Robert Neale Lawson was born on 8 March, 1873, the son of the Reverend R. Lawson.

He was made a Lieutenant in October, 1894 and promoted to Commander on 30 June, 1905.[1]

Captain

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1912, aged thirty-nine.[2]

On 9 May, 1913, he became Flag Captain to Admiral Callaghan in Neptune,[3] and transferred to Iron Duke on 10 March, 1914, when that ship became flagship of the Home Fleets. After Callaghan's supersession on 4 August, he served as Flag Captain to Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe. He was relieved by Captain Frederic C. Dreyer on 24 October, 1915 and was immediately placed in command of the light cruiser Chester. He was to remain in her through the end of the war.

Jellicoe had informed the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Henry B. Jackson, on 30 September, 1915, that he wanted Dreyer to replace Lawson:

But I can't make the move till Lawson has a suitable appointment. His one desire is to be at sea, & for this no one in the Service is better fitted. I do hope a light cruiser can be found for him. Will you help me in this. Now the change is decided, the sooner it is made the better, but it would be most unfair to Lawson to do it till he has another command in sight. His war experience should not be thrown away. It is unique.[4]

On 1 January, 1918, Lawson was appointed second in command of the Third Light Cruiser Squadron.[5]

On the occasion of the King's birthday 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.) on 3 June, 1918.[6]

Lawson was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 4 August, 1919.[7] He was advanmced to the rank of Rear-Admiral on the Retired List on 15 January, 1923.[8]

Service Record


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Allan F. Everett
Captain of H.M.S. Neptune
9 May, 1913[9] – 10 Mar, 1914[10]
Succeeded by
Allen T. Hunt
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Iron Duke
10 Mar, 1914[11][12] – 24 Oct, 1915[13]
Succeeded by
Frederic C. Dreyer
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Chester
24 Oct, 1915[14][15] – 16 Jan, 1919[16]
Succeeded by
John C. H. Lindsay

Footnotes

  1. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  2. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  3. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 12 May, 1913. Issue 40209, col B, p. 3.
  4. Jellicoe to Jackson. Letter of 30 September, 1915. National Museum of the Royal Navy. Jackson Papers. MSS 255/4/25.
  5. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30723. p. 6527. 3 June, 1918.
  7. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  8. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  9. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  10. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 339.
  12. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  13. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  14. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 757.
  15. Lawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 338.
  16. Successor assumed command that day.