REAR-ADMIRAL LAWSON JKLLIGOK'S FLAG CAPTAIN The death of Rear-Admiral Robert Neale Lawson. C.8., R.N. (retired), has occurred in an Auckland private hospital at the age of 72. RearAdmiral Lawson was born in England in 1873 and joined the Royal Navy at the age of 13. He served in the "naval expedition to the Benin River. Africa, in 3 894. In 1913 he was promoted captain and was appointed flag captain to the Com-mander-in-Chief. Home Fleet. For two years in the last war he was flag captain to Admiral Jellicoe. In 191G Rear-Admiral Lawson was appointed to the command of the cruiser Chester. His ship fought, at the Battle of Jutland and he was mentioned in dispatches for his conduct. He retired in 1919 and in 1923 received promotion to the rank, of rear-admiral (retired). In 1927 Rear-Admiral Lawson came to New Zealand with his family and settled in Hawke's Bay. He returned to England in 1930, but came back to New Zealand in .1912 after his second son had been killed while serving with the Royal Air Force over France. Rear - Admiral Lawson was a strong advocate for the formation of an international air police force. In 1935 he published a monograph on a plan for the organisation of a European air service. Other published writings included two novels. • R'-ar-iAdmiral Lawson's wife died last year. He is survived by a son, who'is farming in England, and by four daughters, who are living in New Zealand.
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OFFICER'S DEATH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
OFFICER'S DEATH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
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