2nd Light Cruiser Squadron

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2nd Light Cruiser Squadron
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1913–1925
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
EngagementsBattle of Jutland

The 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron was a naval formation of light cruisers of the Royal Navy from 1913 to 1925.

History

Formed at the start of World War One it was originally part of the Grand Fleet, the squadron fought at the Battle of Jutland, where it was commanded by Commodore 2nd Class William Goodenough and consisted of Southampton (flagship), Birmingham, Nottingham and Dublin.[1][2]

Following the battle, the squadron undertook patrol duties in the North Sea. Later in 1916, the Australian cruisers HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney joined the squadron. It which saw action against German airships and light aircraft during 1917 and 1918.

The squadron was attached to Battle Cruiser Fleet from January 1915 until November 1916 when that formation was renamed Battle Cruiser Force it remained attached BC Force until February 1919. The Squadron was then disbanded for two months before reforming as part of the Home Fleet it was assigned to screening duties of the 3rd Battle Squadron until July 1919.[3] It remained attached to the Home Fleet until October 1919 when it was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet. In 1925 it was re-designated 2nd Cruiser Squadron.[4]

In Command

Commodore Commanding, 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron (1913)

Post holders included:[5]

Commodore, Commanding 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Commodore, 2nd Class Commodore 2nd class command flag RN from 1864.png Trevylyan D. W. Napier 1 July, 1913 – 1 December, 1913


Rear-Admiral Commanding, 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron (1914-1915)

Post holders included:[6]

Rear-Admiral, Commanding 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Trevylyan D. W. Napier 28 December, 1914 – 8 February, 1915

Commodore Commanding, 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron (1916-1918)

Post holders included:[7]

Commodore, Commanding 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron
2 Commodore, 1st Class Commodore 1st class command flag RN from 1864.png Cecil F. Lambert 25 December, 1916 – 23 February, 1918

Rear-Admiral Commanding, 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron (1918-1925)

Post holders included:[8]

Rear-Admiral, Commanding 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron
Rank Flag Name Term
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png James A. Fergusson 9 May, 1918
3 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Alexander Duff 14 May, 1919
4 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Wilmot S. Nicholson 14 May, 1921 – 15 May, 1923
4 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Thomas D. Gilbert 15 May, 1923 – 15 May, 1925


Deployments

Distribution of the squadron included:[9][10]
Assigned to Date Notes
1 Grand Fleet 08/1914-01/1915
2 Battle Cruiser Fleet 01/1915-11/1916 as part of the Grand Fleet
3 Battle Cruiser Force 11/1916-02/1919 as part of the Grand Fleet
4 Home Fleet 04-1919-10/1919 on protection duties 3rd Battle Squadron
5 Atlantic Fleet 11/1919-05/1925
6 Home Fleet 05/1925 re designated 2nd Cruiser Squadron

References

  1. "The Grand Fleet". Richthofen.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  2. "Battle of Jutland Order of Battle". Worldwar1.co.uk. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  3. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Second Light Cruiser Squadron (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 9 November 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  4. Smith, Gordon. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1919-1939". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  5. Mackie, Colin. "Senior Royal Navy Appointments from 1865". gulabin.com. C. Mackie, April 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
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  9. Smith, Gordon. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 8 August 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  10. Smith, Gordon. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1919-1939". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2020.