7th Battle Squadron

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7th Battle Squadron
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1912
Disbanded1914
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeSquadron
Commanders
In CommandVice-Admiral Commanding, 7th Battle Squadron
FirstVice-Admiral: Sir Henry B. Jackson
LastVice-Admiral: Sir the Hon. Alexander Edward Bethell

The 7th Battle Squadron or Seventh Battle Squadron was a formation of Battle Ships of the British assembled prior to World War One it was assigned to the Third Fleet and consisted of pre-dreadnought type battleships the oldest ships [1] in fleet it existed from 1912 to 1914.

History

The squadron was established on 2 July 1912 when Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Jackson assumed command.[2] His second in command Rear-Admiral Charles Dundas was also appointed. The squadron was attached to the Third Fleet. On 13 July 1914 Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Bethell succeeded Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Jackson.[2] On 8 August 1914 the 7th Battle Squadron was absorbed into the 8th Battle Squadron.[2] The squadron consisted of the oldest Pre-Dreadnought Battleship of the Royal Navy.[3]

In Command

Vice-Admiral Commanding, 7th Battle Squadron

Post holders included:[4]

Vice-Admiral Commanding, 7th Battle Squadron
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Henry B. Jackson 2 July, 1912 – July, 1914
2 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir the Hon. Alexander Edward Bethell August, - September, 1914

Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, 7th Battle Squadron

Post holders included:[5]

Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, 7th Battle Squadron
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Charles Dundas 2 July, 1912 – 13 July, 1914
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Hon. Cecil F. Thursby 13 July, - 27 July, 1914

References

  1. Gordon, Smith. "Royal Navy ship dispositions 1914-1918: THE GRAND FLEET, 1914-1916 by Admiral Viscount Jellicoe". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 6 January 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harley & Lovell, 2016
  3. Smith, 2015
  4. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin. Colin Mackie, February 2020. p. 203. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Seventh Battle Squadron (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley & Lovell, 10 November 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2020.