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Gerard Noel (Royal Navy officer)


Gerard Noel (Royal Navy officer)

Sir Gerard Noel
Born 5 March 1845
Stanhoe, Norfolk
Died 23 May 1918
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1859 - 1915
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Commands held HMS Temeraire
HMS Nile
Home Fleet
China Station
Nore Command
Battles/wars 1898 Occupation of Crete
World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Gerard Henry Uctred Noel GCB, KCMG (5 March 1845 – 23 May 1918) was a Royal Navy officer.

Naval career

Noel joined the Royal Navy in 1859.[1] In 1889 he became Captain of the battleship HMS Temeraire and in 1891 he took command of the battleship HMS Nile.[1] He became Junior Naval Lord in 1893.[1] In 1898, he became Second-in-Command of the Mediterranean Fleet[1] and led a force to Crete to take part in punitive operations after a massacre of Christians.[2] He went on to be Junior Naval Lord in 1893.[1]

He was made Superintendent of Naval Reserves and Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet in 1900,[1] and promoted to Vice Admiral 5 November 1901.[3] He became Commander-in-Chief, China Station in 1904 and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1907.[1] He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet in 1908 and he retired in 1915.[1]

He is buried in the churchyard of St Martin's at Fincham in Norfolk.


In 1875 he married Charlotte Rachel Frederica Cresswell; they went on to have two daughters and one son.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Walter Kerr
Junior Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Moore
Preceded by
Sir Cyprian Bridge
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Moore
Preceded by
Sir Hugo Pearson
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Drury
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