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Cecil Thursby


Sir Cecil Thursby
Born 1861
Died May 1936
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1874 - 1920
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS King Alfred
HMS Swiftsure
3rd Battle Squadron
5th Battle Squadron
2nd Squadron
British Adriatic Squadron
East Mediterranean
Coastguards and Reserves
Plymouth Command
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Admiral Sir Cecil Fiennes Thursby KCB KCMG (1861 – May 1936) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.

Naval career

Thursby joined the Royal Navy in 1874.[1] He was present during the engagement with the Peruvian rebel ship Huáscar in 1877 and also took part in the Niger expedition in 1882.[1] Promoted Captain in 1901, he commanded the cruiser HMS King Alfred and then the battleship HMS Swiftsure.[2] He commanded the International Squadron in Crete in 1910 and became Commodore at the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham in 1910.[1] He went on to be Rear Admiral commanding the 3rd Battle Squadron in 1912.[1]

He served in World War I initially as Commander of the 5th Battle Squadron in the Dardanelles and then as Commander of the 2nd Squadron landing ANZAC forces at Gaba Tepe in Gallipoli in 1915.[1] He commanded the British Adriatic Squadron in 1916 before becoming Commander-in-Chief, East Mediterranean in 1916 and Commander of the Coastguards and Reserves in 1918.[1]

After the War he became Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth and retired in 1920.[1]


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