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20th Century

20th Century




Sir Joseph Hooker is Awarded Pour Le Mérite

1902

Sir Joseph Hooker is awarded Pour le Mérite from the Kingdom of Prussia by Kiaser Willhelm II

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Location: Britain



SMS Frauenlob is Commissioned

Feb 17, 1903

SMS Frauenlob is commissioned

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Location: Germany



Rawlinson is Promoted to Colonel

Apr 01, 1903

Rawlinson is promoted to Colonel and made the commandant of the Army Staff College. During his time at the college he reformed and modernised the curriculum.

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Location: Britain



Childers Publishes the Riddle of the Sands"

May 1903

Erskine Childers publishes The Riddle of the Sands. It becomes extremely popular, and helps to shift the public from viewing France and Britains major adversary to the danger that could come from the relatively new power of Imperial Germany.

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Location: Britain



Major Wissmann Dies

Jun 15, 1903

Major Wissmann dies in a hunting accident

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Location: Germany



Hood is Promoted to Captain

Jul 1903

Commander Hood is promoted to full Captain and given HMS Hyacinth, the flagship of Admiral George Atkinson-Willes on the East Indies Station

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Location: North America



SS Rabenfels is Completed

Dec 1903

SS Rabenfels is completed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson in Wallsend. She is a 394 foot long cargo vessel with a maximum speed of 10 knots to be operated by the Hansa line.

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Location: Britain



Shaw Hulked

Jan 1904

HMS Shaw was turned into a coal storage hulk and renamed C.470. The hulk was sold on 19 September 1919, and subsequently wrecked in 1926 at Bermuda.

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Location: Portsmouth



Keyes is Posted to the Admiralty

1904

Lieutenant Keyes is posted to the intelligence section at the Admiralty

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Location: Britain



William Hall Dies

1904

William Hall dies

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Location: Canada



Admiral Archibald Berkeley Milne

1904

Archibald Berkeley Milne is promoted to Rear-Admiral

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Location: Britain



Lady of Grace of the Order of St John

1904

Florence Nightingale is appointed a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John

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Location: Britain



Tyrwhitt is Given HMS Waveney

1904

Commander Tyrwhitt is given command of the destroyer HMS Waveney

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Location: Britain



Erskine Childers Marries

Jan 05, 1904

Robert Erskine Childers marries Mary “Molly” Alden Osgood in Boston. Her father gives the couple the yacht Asgard as a gift

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Location: usa



Von Spee is Promoted to Commander

Jan 27, 1904

von Spee is promoted to Fregattenkapitän, the German equivalent of Commander

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Location: China



HMS Bascawean II is Renamed

Mar 1904

HMS Bascawean II is renamed HMS Bascawean

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Location: Britain



Grenfell is Promoted to Full General

Mar 16, 1904

Sir Francis Grenfell is promoted to full General. He is also made the Commander-in-Chief of Ireland and General Officer Commanding 3rd Army Corps.

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Location: Britain



Attack on Ilig

Apr 21, 1904

Captain Hood was given his first independent command against the Dervishes of Somaliland. This force consisted of 754 sailors, marines and three companies of the Royal Hampshire Regiment.

Captain Hood landed his men on an opposed beach in the dark, with Hood led from the front. The Somalis were firing at them from out of caves in the side of a cliff, so a party of us was sent to clear them out. They fired into the caves, with little effect, when Hood arrived and personally lead them into the caves. Somali warriors jumped out on him, but were gunned down by Midshipman Onslow who had been leading that part of the shore party.

The British lost 3 men killed and 11 wounded, and the Dervishes 58 killed and 14 wounded. Commander Hood was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery during the battle.

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Location: Indian Ocean



Edward Boyle Becomes a Submariner

Jul 1904

Edward Boyle joins the submarine service

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Location: Britain



Beatty is Given Command of the HMS Suffolk

Oct 1904

Still in the Mediterranean Captain Beatty is given command of the cruiser HMS Suffolk

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Doon is Launched

Nov 08, 1904

HMS Doon is launched

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Location: Britain



Keyes Becomes Naval Attaché

Jan 1905

Lieutenant Keyes is made the naval attaché at the British Embassy in Rome

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Location: Rome



Scheer is Promoted

1905

Scheer is promoted to Kapitän zur See

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Location: Germany



HMS Bascawean joins HMS Ganges

1905

HMS Bascawean is towed to Harwich to become part of the HMS Ganges training establishment

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Location: Britain



Director of Naval Ordnance

1905

Captain John Jellicoe becomes the Director of Naval Ordnance

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Location: Britain



Commander of HMS Britannia

1905

William Goodenough is appointed the commander of HMS Britannia

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Location: Britain



Alan Boisragon Resigns

1905

Alan Boisragon resigns from the Shanghai Police after the Mixed Court Riot

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Location: Shanghai



HMS Theseus joins HMS Cambridge

1905

HMS Theseus becomes the tender ship to the shore establishment HMS Cambridge

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Location: Plymouth



Von Spee is Promoted to Captain

Jan 27, 1905

von Spee is promoted to Kapitän zur See (Captain at Sea) and given command of SMS Wittelsbach. The Royal Navy equivalent fo this rank is Captain

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Location: Germany



Sir Nowell Salmon Retires

Feb 1905

Admiral Sir Nowell Salmon retires from the navy

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Location: Britain



William Rickard Dies

Feb 21, 1905

William Rickard dies in Ryde on the Isle of Wight

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Location: Britain



Wilson is Promoted to Admiral

Feb 24, 1905

Vice-Admiral Wilson is promoted to Admiral

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Location: Britain



Lord Chelmsford Dies

Apr 09, 1905

Lord Chelmsford dies while playing billiards at the United Service Club in London

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Location: Britain



Sturdee is Given HMS Bulwark

May 1905

Captain Sturdee is given command of the battleship HMS Bulwark and Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Vengeance is Recalled From the Pacific

Jun 01, 1905

HMS Vengeance is recalled from the Pacific due after the Anglo-Japanese alliance means that it is no longer needed in this area.

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Location: Pacific ocean



HMS Vengeance Leaves Singapore

Jun 20, 1905

HMS Vengeance leaves Singapore for Britain along with three other battleships

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Location: Singapore



Keyes is Made Captain

Jun 30, 1905

Lieutenant Keyes is promoted to Captain

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Location: Britain



Joseph Trewavas Dies

Jul 20, 1905

Joseph Trewavas dies in Mousehole in Cornwall

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Location: Britain



HMS Vengeance Arrives in Plymouth

Aug 1905

HMS Vengeance arrives back in Plymouth. Later in the month she is paid off and placed in reserve while she is refitted.

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Location: Plymouth



Edward Bamford joins the Marines

Sep 1905

Edward Bamford joins the Royal Marines

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Location: Britain



HMS Canopus Redeployed

Jan 1906

HMS Canopus is transfered to the Channel Fleet

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Location: Britain



Hood is Given HMS Berwick

1906

Captain Hood is given command of the armoured cruiser HMS Berwick

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Location: Britain



Alfred Godsal joins HMS Vernon

1906

Alfred Godsal joins HMS Vernon to quarry as a Torpedo Officer

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Location: Britain



Keyes Marries

1906

Captain Keyes marries Eva Mary Bowlby

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Location: Britain



HMS Thrush is Transferred to the Coastguard

1906

HMS Thrush is transferred to the Coastguard

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Location: Britain



Crutchley joins the Navy

1906

Victor Crutchley joins the Royal Navy as a Cadet on HMS Britannia

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Location: Britain



SS Suva is Launched

1906

SS Suva is built by Workman, Clark and Company in Belfast for the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company. She was then used on the Australia-Fiji run and coastal passenger service from Brisbane.

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Location: Ireland



Tyrwhitt is Given HMS Attentive

1906

Commander Tyrwhitt is given command of the scout cruiser HMS Attentive

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Location: Britain



HMS Ganges is Renamed

1906

HMS Ganges is renamed HMS Tenedos III

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Location: Britain



Whitworth is Given T.B. 67

Jan 12, 1906

Sub-Lieutenant Whitworth is given command of the torpedo boat T.B. 67

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Location: Britain



HMS Dreadnought is Launched

Feb 10, 1906

HMS Dreadnought is launched, making all over warships afloat obsolete. The laughing is used as the occasion for the King to knight Captain John Jellicoe as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

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Location: Britain



Jellicoe is Made An Aide-De-Camp

Mar 08, 1906

Captain John Jellicoe is made an Aide-de-Camp to the King

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Location: Britain



Captain Keyes is Knighted

Apr 24, 1906

Captain Keyes is knighted as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order

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Location: Britain



HMS Vengeance is Re-Commissioned

May 15, 1906

HMS Vengeance is re-commissioned into the Channel Fleet

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Location: Britain



John Bythesea Dies

May 18, 1906

John Bythesea dies at his home in South Kensington

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Location: Britain



Ferryboats Fitted Out

Jun 1906

The fitting out of SS Iris and SS Daffodil are completed for use as a ferryboats on the Mersey

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Location: Britain



HMS Bascawean is Renamed

Jun 11, 1906

HMS Bascawean is renamed HMS Ganges

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Location: Britain



Whispers in the Fleet

Jun 26, 1906

Captain Cradock publishes his book "Whispers in the Fleet" about the state of the navy, which had been split by they feud between Admiral Charles Beresford and Admiral Fisher.

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Location: Britain



Active Scrapped

Jul 10, 1906

In 1906 she was sold off to be scrapped

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Location: Portsmouth



HMS Sparrow Becomes Nzs Amokura

Jul 10, 1906

HMS Sparrow is transferred to the New Zealand Marine Department to be used as a training ship. She has her weapons removed and is recommissioned as NZS Amokura after the Maori name for a red-tailed bird.

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Location: New Zealand



First Cadets for Nzs Amokura

Jul 10, 1906

NZS Amokura takes in her first batch of 60 boys aged between 12 and 14 to be trained as cadets. She spends a third of her time at sea, and the rest of the time moored in Wellington to be used as a floating boarding school.

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Location: New Zealand



Robeck is Given HMS Carnavon

Aug 1906

Captain John de Robeck is given command of HMS Carnavon in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Lord Nelson is Launched

Sep 04, 1906

HMS Lord Nelson is launched from Jarrow

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Location: Britain



Whitworth is Made Lieutenant

Oct 31, 1906

Sub-Lieutenant Whitworth is promoted to Lieutenant

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Location: Britain



The on Your Knee" Order

Nov 04, 1906

Stokers riot due to the treatment of their officers on a cold and wet day

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Location: Portsmouth



The on the Knee" Mutiny

Nov 05, 1906

Riots begin both inside and outside of the barracks

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Location: Portsmouth



The on the Knee" Mutiny Calms Down

Nov 06, 1906

01:00 at large armed party reinforces the gates of Portsmouth Harbour. The gates are opened and the liberty men are allowed to come back into the barracks. With the core of the riot gone the civilians dispersed.

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Location: Portsmouth



Admiral Albert Markham Retires

Nov 11, 1906

Admiral Albert Markham reaches the official retirement age of the Royal Navy and retires

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Location: Britain



The on the Knee" Court Marshal

Nov 24, 1906

Lieutenant Collard is acquitted at Court marshal, but the sailors aren't so lucky

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Location: Portsmouth



Captain Hood Meets His Wife

1907

Captain Hood becomes naval attaché to the British Embassy in Washington D.C, where he meets his furture wife Ellen Touzalin Nickerson.

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Location: usa



Gaselee Becomes C in C of Northern India

1907

Alfred Gaselee is appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Army in India

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Location: India



Sir Joseph Hooker is Awarded the Order of Merit

1907

Sir Joseph Hooker is awarded the Order of Merit

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Location: Britain



Scheer is Given SMS Elsass

1907

Kapitän Scheer is given command of the battleship SMS Elsass

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Location: Germany