Edward Leigh Stuart King

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Admiral (retired) Edward Leigh Stuart King, C.B., M.V.O., R.N. (22 February, 1889 – 8 May, 1971) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Cottonwood.

King gained four months' time on passing out of Britannia.

King was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 5 September, 1908.

King was awarded the Beaufort and Wharton Testimonials for 1909 and the Ronald Megaw Memorial Prize for 1909-10.

King was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander with seniority of 15 September, 1916.

King succeeded Commander Sidney Robert Bailey as Gunnery Officer of Erin in 1916 and so remained until war's end. He then served as Gunnery Officer of Warspite, and was promoted there to Commander in December, 1919.

King was promoted to the rank of Commander with seniority of 31 December, 1919.

He commanded Queen Elizabeth from April 1936, seeing her start a refit the following year.

King was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral with seniority of 1 August, 1938.

King was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral with seniority of 30 May, 1941.

King was placed on the Retired List on 15 June, 1944.

King was promoted to the rank of Admiral (retired) with seniority of 8 May, 1945.

He reverted to the Retired List on 27 November, 1946.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Philip H. Calderon
Captain of H.M.S. Coventry
6 Aug, 1930[1] – Nov, 1931[2]
Succeeded by
Henry E. Horan
Preceded by
Henry R. Moore
Deputy Director of Plans
15 Dec, 1932 – 24 Nov, 1933
Succeeded by
John H. Godfrey
Preceded by
Henry R. Moore
Director of Plans
24 Nov, 1933 – 8 Aug, 1935
Succeeded by
Tom S. V. Phillips
Preceded by
Stephen St. L. Moore
Captain of H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
20 Apr, 1936 – c. mid 1937
Succeeded by
Robert A. Startin
Preceded by
William L. Jackson
Captain of H.M.S. Despatch
2 Jul, 1937 – 24 Jan, 1938
Succeeded by
John F. H. Sawyer
Preceded by
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Fifteenth Cruiser Squadron
30 Jun, 1940 – 15 Oct, 1940[3]
Succeeded by
Philip Louis Vian


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 227.
  2. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  3. Vian Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/56/158. f. 160.