Frederic Giffard

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Commander Frederic Giffard, D.S.O., R.N. (4 June, 1885 – 22 February, 1923) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Giffard was the eldest son of Admiral George Augustus Giffard. His youngest brother, Robin George Bruce Giffard-Brine, would die at the Battle of Jutland.

Giffard was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 January, 1905. In October, he would receive a £10 prize for having obtained six first-class certificates in passing for Lieutenant.

Giffard was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 33 on 12 January, 1906.[1]

27 November 1911 admitted to hospital to be treated for chronic disease in his right knee. This would continue to plague him until he was found fit on 14 October, 1912.

Giffard was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 January, 1913.

On 10 July 1915, he received a bullet wound in his right arm. On 25 August, he retured to trawler 49.

On 13 October 1915, he was admitted to Malta Hospital from H.S. Soudan to be treated for injuries to nerves in his arms.

On 14 March 1916, he was mentioned in despatches for services in Gallipoli.

Giffard was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1916.

After having spent some time in Malta hospital with catarrh, Giffard left Hussar with Commodore Heneage, following him to assume command of the armed yacht Catania on 20 December, 1916. On 2 June, 1917, he relinquished command of Catania, but remained aboard, additional, still on Heneage's staff.

Giffard acted as Flag Commander to Commodore Commanding, British Adriatic Force Kelly from September 1917 until 13 February, 1919.

Giffard was appointed in temporary command of the R.I.M. troopship H.M.S. Dufferin on 20 March, 1919. It is not clear when he left this position, but he went to Venus, which was also operating near India, additional. On March 1920, he went to the Portsmouth Signal School for special service.

In mid-1921, he was placed under observation, having shown signs of Jackson's epilepsy. This treatment persisted inti at least September.

Giffard was placed on the Retired List as medically unfit, owing to Jackson's Epilepsy, on 18 January, 1923. He died just over one month later at St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles Davidge
Captain of H.M. T.B. 33
12 Jan, 1906[2] – 12 Mar, 1907
Succeeded by
Edgar C. Cookson
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 033
Preceded by
John R. Middleton
Captain of H.M.S. Hussar
16 Aug, 1916[3] – 20 Dec, 1916
Succeeded by
John Hennessy
Preceded by
Thomas L. Goldie
Captain of H.M.S. Dufferin
20 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 399.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 399.
  3. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 395f.