Frederick Shirley Litchfield-Speer

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Rear-Admiral Frederick Shirley Litchfield-Speer, C.M.G., D.S.O., Royal Navy (24 March, 1874 – 30 May, 1922) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

On 1 January, 1912, Litchfield was appointed to President for service on the staff of the Inspector of Target Practice.[1]

Litchfield was appointed in command of H.M.S. Shannon as Flag Captain to Charles E. Madden on 19 December, 1913.[2]


He was appointed in command of H.M.S. Agamemnon on 25 September, 1918.[3]


Litchfield-Speer was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 April, 1922, vice Crampton. He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 6 April. He died aged forty-nine on 30 May on the way to Redhill Hospital, Reigate, having fallen ill after going to the Derby with his wife and Captain Willis of the Admiralty.[4] Cause of death was stated at the the inquest to be "the acute inflammatory condition of the lungs."[5]


  1. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 2 December, 1911. Issue 39758, col A, pg. 14.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 10 December, 1913. Issue 40391, col A, pg. 15.
  3. Navy List (December, 1918). p. 725.
  4. "News in Brief" (News in Brief). The Times. Thursday, 1 June, 1922. Issue 43046, col C, pg. 10.
  5. "News in Brief" (News in Brief). The Times. Friday, 2 June, 1922. Issue 43047, col G, pg. 5.


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