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HMS Lucifer(1939-1945)
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Active1914-1919, 1939-1945
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy

Avonmouth was a base and local area command of the British Royal Navy first created in August, 1914 as one of the geographical divisions into which the Royal Navy administered its worldwide responsibilities. It was defined so by the Department of Admiralty to identify the area jurisdiction of the Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Avonmouth and existed until August, 1919.[1] During world war two the base was reactivated.

For command purposes the Royal Navy was divided into a number of major or local stations, fleets or or other formations, each normally under an admiral or senior officer.[2]


The station was first activated during World War One on 1 August, 1914 until 20 August, 1919, and was under the control of a Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Avonmouth. It was reactivated during World War Two on 6 March, 1944 until July 1945 when it was then under the command of the Naval Officer-in-Charge Avonmouth.[3] During world war two the base was reactivated.

In Command

Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Avonmouth

  1. Captain Armytage Anthony Lucas, 1 August, 1914 – 25 July, 1918. (retd).[4]
  2. Captain George Ellis Cave, 25 July, 1918 – 20 August, 1919. (retd).[5]

Naval Officer-in-Charge Avonmouth

  1. Captain G.M.R. Rayne, RN, 6 March, 1944 - July, 1945, (retd).[6]


At various times it encompassed naval formations and other ships not attached to other fleets. In addition to shore establishments including, barracks, dockyards, depots, hospitals, refitting and re-supply bases, naval bases or victualling yards. Those components that were part of this station are shown below.


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Shore Establishments

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  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (19 August 2018). "Avonmouth - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  2. "Records of Stations and Fleets". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, Surrey, England.: National Archives UK. 1702–1969. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy, Plymouth Command 1939-1945: Avonmouth". www.unithistories.com. Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  4. Harley and Lovell.
  5. Harley and Lovell.
  6. Houterman and Koppes.