4th Cruiser Squadron

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4th Cruiser Squadron
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In CommandRear/Vice/Admiral Commanding, 4th Cruiser Squadron

The 4th Cruiser Squadron or Fourth Cruiser Squadron was a formation of Cruisers of the Royal Navy, it was formed and disbanded two times from 1907 to 1914 and 1919 to 1954. It was commanded by the Rear-Admiral or Vice-Admiral Commanding, 4th Cruiser Squadron.


The squadron was first established in 1907, replacing the North America and West Indies Station (based in England, rather than Bermuda (which was re-designated from a base to a coaling station, although the Bermuda Dockyard and Admiralty House in Bermuda remained in operation), and in 1913 it was assigned to the British First Fleet. During World War I, the 4th Cruiser Squadron was commanded by Rear Admiral Christopher Cradock; the squadron was effectively annihilated at the Battle of Coronel 1 November 1914. From April 1919 to 1939, it was assigned to the East Indies Station

In Command


  1. Rear-Admiral Frederick S. Inglefield, 8 February, 1907 – 8 February, 1909
  2. Rear-Admiral Arthur M. Farquhar, 8 February, 1909 – 8 February, 1911
  3. Rear-Admiral Edward E. Bradford, 8 February, 1911 – 8 February, 1913
  4. Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher G. F. M. Cradock, 8 February, 1913– 1 November, 1914 (killed in command)
  5. Rear-Admiral Arthur J. L. Murray, c. mid 1939 – 1941
  6. Rear-Admiral William George Tennant, 18 April, 1942 – 8 November, 1943
  7. Rear-Admiral Arthur D. Read, November, 1943 – November, 1944
  8. Rear-Admiral Eric J. P. Brind, October, 1944 – 4 January, 1946
  9. Rear-Admiral John H. Edelsten, 4 January, 1946 – 14 October, 1946


  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (6 October 2021). "Fourth Cruiser Squadron (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 1 November 2021.