William Eric Campbell Tait

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Admiral (retired) SIR William Eric Campbell Tait, K.C.B., M.V.O., R.N. (12 August, 1886 – 17 July, 1946) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of surgeon W. Tait, R.N. of the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar.

Tait was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1909.

Tait was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1917.

Tait was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 August, 1921.

Tait was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1926.

Tait was appointed in command of the light cruiser Capetown in July, 1929.

World War II

Tait was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 10 August, 1938.

Tait was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 October, 1941.

Tait was placed on the Retired List on 12 December, 1944 and promoted to the rank of Admiral (retired) on 8 May, 1945.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Percy R. Stevens
Captain of H.M.S. Dragon
9 Feb, 1928 – 7 Jan, 1929
Succeeded by
Louis H. B. Bevan
Preceded by
The Hon. E. Rupert Drummond
Captain of H.M.S. Capetown
5 Jul, 1929 – Dec, 1929
Succeeded by
John B. Hughes
Preceded by
Charles H. Knox-Little
Captain of H.M.S. Delhi
Dec, 1929 – 15 May, 1931
Succeeded by
Frederic N. Attwood
Preceded by
Frederic N. Attwood
Captain of H.M.S. Despatch
15 May, 1931 – 12 Jun, 1931
Succeeded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman
Preceded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence
29 Apr, 1932[1] – 24 Nov, 1933
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Reginald V. Holt
Captain of H.M.S. Shropshire
29 Nov, 1934[2] – 16 Oct, 1937
Succeeded by
Arthur W. La T. Bisset
Preceded by
William K. D. Dowding
Captain of H.M.S. Victory
11 Aug, 1937 – 26 Sep, 1939
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Lancelot E. Holland
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth
11 Aug, 1937 – 26 Sep, 1939
Succeeded by
Harold T. C. Walker
Preceded by
Henry K. Kitson
as Rear-Admiral Commanding, Third Battle Squadron
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Third Battle Squadron
5 Jan, 1942 – 1942
Succeeded by
Harold T. C. Walker
Preceded by
Algernon U. Willis
Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic
? – 22 Aug, 1944
Succeeded by
Robert L. Burnett

Footnotes

  1. "Royal Navy" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 23 January, 1932. Issue 46038, col F, p. 19.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 275.