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VICE-ADMIRAL STURDEE

HIS SERVICE CAREER

Vice-Admiral Sir F. C. D. Sturdee. Commandor-in-Chiof of the British Squadron, k not unknown in New Zealand. As oommaridius officer of H.M.S. Porpoise ho visited most of the ports of tho Dominion, 110 also commanded the battleship New Zealand, which was renamed Zoalandia after the construction of tho battle-cruiser which now bears tho name of the Dominion. Sir Frederick Charles Dovoton Sturdeo. K.C.E., C.V.0.. 0.M.G., who was promoted to vice-admiral last December, is tho son of tho late Captain Iredorick JR.. Sturdeo, It.N. (of tho old navigating branch), and was born m June, IBOD. lie was promoted to lieutenant in February. 1880, with three first-class certificates, and in 18SH won the gold medal of the Royal united Service Institution for the prize naval cesay submitted that year. He returned to tho Vernon as a senior etafF officer in September. 1889, and in the following January was appointed to command her tender, tho Vesuvius. He was advanced to commander in June, 1891), being at the same time selected for service as an assistant to the Director of Naval Ordnance and Torpedoes at the Admiralty. In this appointment he remained for over four years, and suceeedod in winning tho 1t.U.5.1, gold medal for the second time in 189-1. Ho was in command of tho Porpoise, on the Australia station, from November. 1897. to- ,Inne, 1899. when he was advanced to captain, in recognition of servico in command of tho British force in Samoa, which also brought him the C.M.G.

Ho was Assistant-D,irector of Naval Intelligence from October, 1899, to October. 1902, and was also a member of the Departmental Committee formed to compile, a digest of the loading prize cases for the use of Colonial Prize-Courts and to frame instructions on prize law for the guidance of naval officers. For the ensxiing twelve- months he was in command of tho Minerva, in the Cruiser squadron, receiving tho M.V.O. on the occasion of King Edward's visit to Malta in 1903. This was followed by a similar period in command of tho Bedford, attached to the Channel fleet • and in November, 1904, ho succeeded Captain Jellicoe in command of the Drake, in the Cruiser squadron. In January. 1905, ho was again appointed to the Admiralty, for special service, and from May. 1905. to March. 1907, was Chief of Staff to Lord Charles Beresford in thexMediterranean command, being invested with tho C.V.O. by thd present Kina (then Prince of Walee) during his voyage, home from India, in Anril 1906. Ho was again Chief of Staff to Lord Charles Bere-sford in tho Channel fleet from March to December, 1907. when ho waa obliged to relinquish the post, in order to qualify for promotion to flair rank by taking command of the battleship. New Zealand, in the same fleet. lie became a rear-admiral in September. 1908, and has been employed '_;• junior flag ofliner in +be First n Vision of tho

In'mc! Fleet, January, 1910, to January, 1911; preside tit of tho Subnwire Committee, at tho Admiralty, February. 1911: in command.of the Third Cruiser squadron. December, 1911 ; and of the Second Cruiser squadron, December. 1912. On June Ist, 1914, ho was appointed to the Admiralty for special service. He was awarded tho K.C.li. in the birthday honours, June, 1913. He was aooointed Chief of the War Staff on. July 30th, 1914.

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VICE-ADMIRAL STURDEE, Press, Volume L, Issue 15148, 11 December 1914

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VICE-ADMIRAL STURDEE Press, Volume L, Issue 15148, 11 December 1914

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