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We who are living in comfort ashore will do well to realise the significance of the following notice in the London ' Gazette ' :

In accordance with the provisions of His Majesty's Order-in-Council of December 16, 1912. temponry commissions in the Royal Naval Reserve have been issued as follows : CornTnnd°rs—Sir .Alfred Wyndham Parrot (an Admiral on the Retired List of His Majesty's Fleet).

Lieutonnnt-commnncW—J. Sfnrtin, C.B. (a Vice-admiral on the Retired List of His Majesty's Fle<>t). These two officers, all the appointments

—hieh t!v>'r <>x"eri»nce rind seniority as flag officers would fit them to occupy bein:: full, voluntarily ar.ked tho Admiralty f - - ""' names from the Active List of tho Navy in order that they might '. ...e suoorciinate posit:''.; in the Royal N'lvnl Reserve. They preferred active participation in the war at sea even in comparatively humble c-'nacitie*. rath°r than ease, ashore. Think what this means! (Mr Archibald Hnrd writes in the 'Daily Telccrrnph'). A fortnight ago Admiral Sir Alfred Paret. the son of the late General I/ord Alfred Paget, and grandson of the first Marquis of Anglesey, was within 10 places of the top of the active li«t of admirals of the Navy, now he ranks with—but after—any of the 437 commmders. Vice-admiral Startin's name en me on the active list next after that of Sir John Jellicoe, in supreme command of the Grand Fleet—now he comes after the 437 commanders and 725 lieu-tenant-commanders of tho Royal Navy. Fired with a determination to do somethin': for their country in the present crisis, they have accepted junior rank in order to qualify for the command of two of the gunboats now on duty in the North Pea, a duty as unpleasant in the present weather conditions as it is dangerous.

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TWO SPLENDID PATRIOTS., Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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TWO SPLENDID PATRIOTS. Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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