Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport

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Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
H.M.S. Vivid (1896 to 1934)
H.M.S. Drake
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1889-1969
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeReserve Fleet
Rolemanning and training facility
Part ofRoyal Navy
Garrison/HQ[ Devonport, England
Commanders
FirstCaptain Charles Johnstone
LastCommodore, Second Class Royston H. Wright

The Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport originally known as H.M.S. Vivid it was a built in 1889. In 1934 it became known as H.M.S. Drake until 1969 when the barracks closed down.

History

The seed of the Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport was sown in 1860, when the 104-gun first-rate warship, HMS "Royal Adelaide", became the depot ship at the Plymouth Dockyard, where she had been launched in 1828. Twenty years later men employed by Mr John Pethick, the Plymouth contractor, started to remove hillocks and prepare the ground for a new shore barracks. The contract for the erection of the first buildings, worth £250,000, was let to Mr John Matcham but he sustained fatal injuries while inspecting the works on October 12th 1882 and was replaced by Mr Alfred R Debnam. The buildings were completed in 1886 but because some senior Naval men thought that providing such a fine set of buildings for the ordinary sailors was a waste of money, it was left unoccupied until Tuesday June 4th 1889, when almost 500 men transferred from the depot ship HMS "Royal Adelaide".

Construction of an onshore barracks, just north-east of the North Yard, was completed in 1889 with accommodation for 2,500; sailors and officers. A wooden paddle steamer named HMS "Vivid" became the flagship at Devonport in 1889 and also acted as a tender to the depot ship, HMS "Royal Adelaide". In 1890 the "Vivid" became the nominal depot ship for all sailors not serving aboard a ship at Devonport as required by the Naval Discipline Act. Thus HMS "Vivid" became the name of the Royal Naval Barracks. That was until Monday July 31st 1933 when the custom of holding a "Drake Dinner" was started in the wardroom and someone suggested that a more appropriate name for the base would be HMS "Drake". The Admiralty approved the suggested and as from Monday January 1st 1934 HMS "Vivid" became HMS "Drake". New cap ribbons were issued on Friday January 19th.

In Command

Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport

  1. Captain Charles Johnstone, 15 May, 1896 – 8 October, 1898
  2. Captain Harry T. Grenfell, 8 October, 1898 – March, 1900
  3. Captain Sir Richard Poore, Bart., 10 April, 1900 – 1902
  4. Captain Harry S. F. Niblett, 15 December, 1902 – 1 February, 1905
  5. Captain William B. Fisher, 24 January, 1905 – 8 January, 1907 (Commodore, Second Class from 13 March, 1905)
  6. Commodore, Second Class Frederic E. E. Brock, 8 January, 1907 – 22 April, 1908
  7. Commodore, Second Class Arthur Y. Moggridge, 22 April, 1908 – 20 August, 1909
  8. Commodore, Second Class Rosslyn E. Wemyss, 20 August, 1909 – 20 September, 1910
  9. Commodore, Second Class Lionel G. Tufnell, 20 September, 1910 – 3 January, 1911 (temporary replacement for Wemyss)
  10. Commodore, Second Class Rosslyn E. Wemyss, 3 January, 1911 – 25 April, 1911
  11. Captain John de M. Hutchison, 25 April, 1911 – 6 June, 1913
  12. Rear-Admiral Arthur D. Ricardo, 6 June, 1913 – 20 April, 1914
  13. Commodore, Second Class Thomas D. L. Sheppard, 21 April, 1914 – 18 December, 1914
  14. Rear-Admiral John de M. Hutchison, 21 December, 1914 – 21 December, 1916
  15. Commodore, Second Class Charles F. Corbett, 1 January, 1917 – 1 February, 1919
  16. Commodore, Second Class Edward Reeves, 1 February, 1919 – 9 July, 1921
  17. Commodore, Second Class Charles W. R. Royds, 13 October, 1923 – 14 October, 1925
  18. Captain Charles W. Round-Turner, – 5 October, 1928
  19. Captain Arthur E. F. Bedford, 5 October, 1928 – 1 January, 1930
  20. Commodore, Second Class Noel F. Laurence, 1 January, 1930 – 15 January, 1932
  21. Rear-Admiral James M. Pipon, 15 January, 1932
  22. Commodore, Second Class Richard H. O. Lane-Poole, 15 January, 1934 – February 1936
  23. Commodore, Second Class Richard B. Davies, February 1936 – April 1938
  24. Commodore, Second Class Alban T. B. Curteis, April 1938 – May 1940
  25. Commodore, Second Class Victor A. C. Crutchley, May 1940 – March 1942
  26. Commodore, Second Class Lionel C. P. Tudway, March 1942 – 31 August, 1944
  27. Rear-Admiral Robert L. B. Cunliffe, 31 August, 1944 – 22 January, 1946
  28. Rear-Admiral Douglas Young-Jamieson, 22 January, 1946 – 8 April, 1947
  29. Commodore, Second Class Sydney M. Raw, January 1947 – June 1949
  30. Commodore, Second Class Philip S. Smith, June 1949 – January 1951
  31. Commodore, Second Class Benjamin Bryant, January, 1951 – January, 1953
  32. Commodore, Second Class John E. H. McBeath, January 1953 – December 1954
  33. Commodore, Second Class Royston H. Wright, December 1954 – January 1956