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[[Admiral (Royal Navy)|Admiral]] '''Archibald Peile Stoddart''', C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (5 September, 1860 &ndash; 18 December, 1939) was an officer of the [[Royal Navy]].
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[[Admiral (Royal Navy)|Admiral]] '''Archibald Peile Stoddart''', C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (5 September, 1860 &ndash; 18 December, 1939) was an officer of the [[Royal Navy]]. As a Rear-Admiral he was second-in-command of the British naval forces which defeated the German East Asia Squadron at the [[Battle of the Falkland Islands]] in December, 1914.
  
 
==Early Life & Career==
 
==Early Life & Career==

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Admiral Archibald P. Stoddart, seen as a Rear-Admiral.
Photograph: Imperial War Museum. © IWM (Q 69172).

Admiral Archibald Peile Stoddart, C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (5 September, 1860 – 18 December, 1939) was an officer of the Royal Navy. As a Rear-Admiral he was second-in-command of the British naval forces which defeated the German East Asia Squadron at the Battle of the Falkland Islands in December, 1914.

Early Life & Career

Stoddart entered the training ship Britannia at Dartmouth on 15 January, 1874, and left on 16 December, 1875, after the usual four terms in the ship. He received six months for Second Class for Study and three months for Very Good Conduct, and therefore under the regulations then obtaining had to wait three months before being rated Midshipman. On 17 December, 1875, he was appointed to the sloop Opal, which then proceeded to the Pacific Station, and spent her whole commission there. She returned to England and paid off on 6 January, 1880. Stoddart then went on full pay leave, and on 17 March passed his seamanship examination and was appointed Acting Sub-Lieutenant. In April he was appointed to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, with a Second Class (1,025 marks), then in December went to the gunnery school at Portsmouth, H.M.S. Excellent, where obtained a Second Class with 515 marks. On 26 March, 1881, he was appointed to the corvette Briton, where he remained until he was appointed to the gunboat Bullfrog. On 17 October, 1883, he was appointed Acting Lieutenant to the gunboat Flirt. He was formally promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1883, and reappointed to the Flirt from that date.

He was appointed Lieutenant and Commander of the Thrush on the Cape of Good Hope and West Africa Station on 28 August, 1895. He was present at the bombardment of Zanzibar in August, 1896, for which he was praised by the Commander-in-Chief, Harry H. Rawson.[1] He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December.[2]

Captain

Stoddart was promoted to the rank of Captain on 26 June, 1902.[3]

In June, 1904, he became captain of the battleship Royal Oak.[4]

Stoddart was appointed in command of the battleship Cæsar on 7 March, 1905.[5]

He was again appointed in command of Cæsar on 28 May, 1907.[6]

He took the reins of battleship New Zealand from October 1908 to November of 1911.[7]

Flag Rank

Stoddart was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 19 May, 1912, vice Bush.[8]

On 9 May, 1914, Stoddart succeeded Arthur H. Christian as Rear-Admiral in the Home Fleets at Devonport.[9]

Great War

Upon the outbreak of war, Stoddart was given command of Cruiser Force D, the Fifth Cruiser Squadron, with his flag in the Carnarvon.[10]

On the occasion of the King's birthday Stoddart was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 4 June, 1917.[11] He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 September, vice Carden.[12]

Stoddart was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 15 January, 1918.[13] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired list on 7 October, 1920.[14]

Retirement

Stoddart died on 18 December, 1939,[15] at Broomhill, North Cornwall, and was buried in a private ceremony at King's Nympton, Devon, on 21 December.[16]

Bibliography

  • "Death of Admiral Stoddart" (News). The Times. Wednesday, 20 December, 1939. Issue 48493, col D, p. 10.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Spider
4 Apr, 1894[17] – 5 Oct, 1894[18]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Captain of H.M.S. Thrush
28 Aug, 1895[19] – 25 Mar, 1897[20]
Succeeded by
Warren H. D'Oyly
Preceded by
Sackville H. Carden
Captain of H.M.S. Immortalité
16 Oct, 1902[21] – 12 May, 1904[22]
Succeeded by
William O. Boothby
Preceded by
Robert S. Rolleston
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
6 Jun, 1904[23] – 7 Mar, 1905[24]
Succeeded by
Frederick S. Pelham
Preceded by
Hugh Evan-Thomas
Captain of H.M.S. Cæsar
8 Mar, 1905[25] – 5 Dec, 1905[26]
Succeeded by
Sydney R. Fremantle
Preceded by
Herbert Lyon
Captain of H.M.S. Cornwall
12 Jan, 1907[27] – 27 May, 1907[28]
Succeeded by
Herbert C. C. Da Costa
Preceded by
Sydney R. Fremantle
Captain of H.M.S. Cæsar
28 May, 1907[29] – 11 Oct, 1908
Succeeded by
Robert H. Anstruther
Preceded by
F. C. Doveton Sturdee
Captain of H.M.S. New Zealand
12 Oct, 1908[30] – 1 Apr, 1909[31]
Succeeded by
James C. Ley
Preceded by
The Hon. Algernon D. E. H. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Hibernia
1 Apr, 1909[32] – 5 Apr, 1909[33]
Succeeded by
James C. Ley
Preceded by
James C. Ley
Captain of H.M.S. New Zealand
26 May, 1909[34][35] – 6 Jun, 1911[36]
Succeeded by
Ernest G. Barton
Preceded by
F. C. Doveton Sturdee
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Fifth Cruiser Squadron
9 May, 1914[37] – 8 May, 1915[38]
Succeeded by
Harold T. C. Walker

 

Footnotes

  1. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26809. p. 3. 1 January, 1897.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27448. p. 4198. 26 June, 1902.
  4. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  5. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  6. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 28610. p. 3685. 21 May, 1912.
  9. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 11 May, 1914. Issue 40520, col B, p. 4.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September 1914). p. 4.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30111. p. 5454. 4 June, 1917.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 30267. p. 9151. 4 September, 1917.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 30488. p. 1092. 22 January, 1918.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 32081. p. 9891. 12 October, 1920.
  15. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. p. 1231.
  16. "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Wednesday, 20 December, 1939. Issue 48493, col B, p. 1.
  17. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 228.
  18. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  19. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  20. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  21. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  22. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  23. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  24. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  25. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  26. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  27. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  28. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  29. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  30. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 589.
  31. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  32. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  33. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  34. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 348.
  35. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  36. Stoddart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1231.
  37. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 16.
  38. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 16.

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