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ROYAL NAVY

FOUR NEW ADMIRALS

FLAG COMMANDS

(From "The Post's" Representative.)" LONDON, sth April. Consequent on the death of Vit-e-Ad-imra.l J. W. L. M'Clintock, C.8., D.S.O. the Admiralty anunounces the following promotions and retirements:— ■ Eear-Admiral Francis H. Mitchell, O.ii., D.b.0., to bo Vice-Admiral in H M Fleet, 24th March.

Captain Leonard h. P. WilJan, ADC to be Bear-Admiral iv H.M. Fleet,'24th March. Rear-Admiral Willan has been placed on the Retired List, to date 25th March.

Captain Alexander E. Palmer, A.D C to be Hoar-Admiral in H.M. Fleet, 25th March. Kear-Admiral Palmer has been placed on the Eetired List, to dato 26th March.

Captain Geoffrey Hopwood, A.D C to be Hear-Admiral in H.M. Fleet, 26th March.

Vice-Admiral Mitchell received tho JJ.b.U. for services with the E.N Division in Gallipoli, where he acted as naval adviser to Sir lan Hamilton. Ho became Rear-Admiral in the Second wattle Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, in May, 1025, and since June last has been Admiral-in-Chargc Malta Dockyard.

Eear-Admiral Hopwood last commanded the aircraft carrier Herao in Unna. He served at tho Admiralty as Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence trout March, 1920, to March, 1922 taking command of the cruiser Diomede in May of tho latter year. Following tins appointment he became Common", ot I{l>N- Barracks, Chatham. tho following flag appointments havo boon notified by the Admiralty:— Vice-Admiral W. H. I). Boyle, C.B. to be President of the Eoyal Naval College trreenwich, and Vice-Admiral Commanding the Eoyal Naval War College, in succession to the late Vico-Admiral J. 3TdAprii ClintOC'r)C-B-'D-S-a'todato

NX ™Tmlral P< H- Hall Thompson, C.8., C.M.G., to bo Vice-Admiral Commanding Eeserve Fleet, in succession to Vice-Admiral W. H. D. Boyle, C.B to dato 2nd April. Eear-Admiral W. M. Kerr, C.8.E., to bo First Naval Member of the Commonwoalth Naval Board, in succcasion n°Ar^ ar;^ dmiral W- B- Napier, C.B, C.M.G., D.5.0., to dato 3rd August.

REVIEWS OF SEEVICE.

Vice-Admiral Boyle has had command ot the Eeserve Fleet since December last, and previously commanded tho JPirst Cruiaer Squadron. In May, 1924, ho became Bear-Admiral in Fleet BaUle ScJuaiJrol1' Atlantic

Roar-Admiral W. Munro Kcrr will last Naval Member of the Australian Naval Board. Bear-Admiral Sir W. E Creswell occupied it throughout the war period in 1911 to 1919. It has smce been held by Bear-Admirals Sir Percy Grant, 1919-21] Sir Allan Everett, 1921-23; P. H. Hall Thompson, 1923-26; and W. E. Napier, 1926-29. Vice-Admiral Hall Thompson, at the outbreak of war, was in command of the cruiser Philomel, New Zealand Station, and also acted as Naval Adviser to the New Zealand Government. He saw active service in this cruiser on the Syrian coast, in the Suez Canal, in the Persian Gulf and Somaliland, and received the thanks of the Indian Government and was appointed C.M.G. After the war he commanded the battleships Erin and Eoyal Oak, and was promoted to flag rank in 1923. His last command was of tho Third Battle Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, 1927-28. Vico-Admiral Hall Thompson has transferred his llag to the Fleet Flagship, Constance. Oue of his first duties will be to inspect the divisions of this fleet at other homo portb than Portsmouth. Tho captain of the Constance, t>v tho way, is Captain Duflley B. N. North, C.5.1., C.M.G., C.V.O. On 2nd April tho appointment bcuaino operative of Commander A. F Farquhar, D.S.C., to the Hydrographic Department, Admiralty, as Naval Assistant to the Director of Navigation, in succession to Commander E. J. Spooner, D.5.0., who is to join the battleship Nelson. Commander Farquhar, who won the silver medal of tho Boyal Humane Society for saving life m 1914, served during the late war as navigator of the Hazard, submarine parent ship, and from October, 1915, m the monitor Sir Thomas Picton. From August, 1918, he had command of a destroyer, the Trinidad. He was promoted commander at tho end of 1924, and was until recently squadron navigating officor on the New Zealand btation, " '.":"■: '

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ROYAL NAVY Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 118, 23 May 1929

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