Twelfth Cruiser Squadron (Royal Navy)

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The Twelfth Cruiser Squadron, also known as Cruiser Force G from 1914 to 1915, was a cruiser formation of the Royal Navy.

When World War One broke out Cruiser Force G was responsible for patrolling the Western Approaches to the English Channel in conjunction with the Deuxième Escadre Légère and in particular making sure that ships entering and leaving were subject to stop and search. Admiral Wemyss was specially selected for the command for his 'knowledge of and sympathy with' the French. Although no formal co-operation arrangement had been agreed prior to the outbreak of hostilities, it was quickly agreed that Cruiser Force G would operate under the overall command of the French Second Armoured Cruiser Division, which would share the patrol, and that the two units would cover their respective sides of the Channel.[1]

Rear-Admirals Commanding

Dates of appointment given:

Composition

December, 1912

[6]

December, 1913

Some significant changes in the roster have brought the squadron to its start-of-war membership.[7]

July - 5 August, 1914

Operating as part of Third Fleet.[8][9]

January, 1915

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March, 1915

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Footnotes

  1. Naval Staff Monographs. Volume X. pp. 54-55.
  2. Wemyss Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 223.
  3. Wemyss Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 223.
  4. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  5. Wake-Walker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/76. 187.
  6. Albert Francis Barclay Bridges papers at The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum. [BRG 1/1]
  7. Albert Francis Barclay Bridges papers at The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum. [BRG 1/1]
  8. Printed page "Fleets and Squadrons in Commission at Home and Abroad" in Albert Francis Barclay Bridges papers at The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum. [BRG 1/1]
  9. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 15.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 10.
  11. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1915). p. 12.

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Cruiser Squadrons of the Royal Navy
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Sixth Cruiser Squadron | Seventh Cruiser Squadron | Eighth Cruiser Squadron | Ninth Cruiser Squadron | Tenth Cruiser Squadron
Eleventh Cruiser Squadron | Twelfth Cruiser Squadron | Fifteenth Cruiser Squadron | Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron
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