Richard Bowles Farquhar

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Admiral Richard B., Farquhar.
Photograph: © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Admiral Richard Bowles Farquhar, C.B., Royal Navy (12 January, 1859 – 27 November, 1948) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

He was the second son of Admiral Arthur Farquhar and grandson of Rear-Admiral Farquhar who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. His eldest brother was Admiral Arthur Murray Farquhar.

In July, 1871, Farquhar was ranked nineteenth in order of merit of thirty-five candidates accepted as Naval Cadets following the entrance examinations.[1]

Farquhar was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 16 September, 1881.[2]

In 1883, Farquhar was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal[3]

Farquhar was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1894.[4]

On 31 December, 1899, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.[5]

He was temporarily appointed command of the battleship Howe on 18 July, 1904.[6]

He was appointed to command the armoured cruiser Essex on 14 September, 1904.[7]

He was appointed command of the battleship Magnificent on 6 November, 1906,[8] but then to Triumph on 4 December, 1906.[9]

Farquhar was appointed Chief Inspector of Naval Ordnance on 12 November, 1907,[10] He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 2 December, 1908, vice Scott.[11]

He was relieved as Chief Inspector by Francis G. Eyre on 12 January, 1911.

In 1911 he served as Rear-Admiral of the Devonport Sub-Division of the Home Fleet. In November, 1912 he was appointed president of the Committee on the Ventilation of Modern Warships.

On 1 April, 1913 Farquhar was appointed Vice-President of the Ordnance Board.[12]

Great War

Farquhar was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 11 September, 1914, vice Sir Edmund S. Poë.[13]

In March of 1916, he was appointed to consider minutes and findings of the Court Martial held to investigate the loss of H.M.S. Natal. On 27 April, he was appointed on Committee Pay to revise the Naval Cordite Regulations. Finally, on 7 August, he was appointed to a committee to "enquire into and report on the question of the different types of projectiles in use in the Fleet and the proportion in which they should be supplied." This committee worked until 25 April, 1917.

Farquhar was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Companion, of the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1917.[14] He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 5 October, 1917.[15] He was placed on the Retired List on 1 January, 1918, "at his own request."[16]

Bibliography

  • "Adml R. B. Farquhar" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 29 November, 1948. Issue 51241, col E, p. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur A. C. Galloway
Rear-Admiral Commanding,
Devonport Division, Home Fleet

1911 – 1912
Succeeded by
Henry L. Tottenham

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Paul W. Bush
Captain of H.M.S. Sandfly
21 Jan, 1892[17] – 31 Dec, 1893[18]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Arthur W. Torlesse
Captain of H.M.S. Havock
26 Jun, 1894[19] – 27 Aug, 1894[20]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Tufnell
Preceded by
Ernest A. Simons
Captain of H.M.S. Hero
28 Aug, 1894[21] – 24 Aug, 1896
Succeeded by
John T. White
Preceded by
Joseph Honner
Assistant Secretary to the Ordnance Committee
24 Aug, 1896[22] – 17 Jan, 1899[23]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Waymouth
Preceded by
Charles L. Ottley
Captain of H.M.S. Nymphe
18 Jul, 1899[24] – 16 Feb, 1900[25]
Succeeded by
Henry J. D. Laxton
Preceded by
George M. Henderson
Captain of H.M.S. Sirius
10 Jul, 1900 – 1 Sep, 1900
Succeeded by
Herbert Lyon
Preceded by
The Hon. Walter G. Stopford
Naval Adviser to the Inspector-General of Fortifications
11 Oct, 1900[26] – 2 Oct, 1902
Succeeded by
W. Lowther Grant
Preceded by
Robert G. Fraser
Captain of H.M.S. Intrepid
2 Oct, 1902[27] – 21 May, 1904[Fact Check]
Succeeded by
Norman L. Stanley
Preceded by
Henry L. Fleet
Captain of H.M.S. Howe
18 Jul, 1904[28] – 14 Sep, 1904
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John E. Bearcroft
Captain of H.M.S. Essex
14 Sep, 1904[29][30] – 7 Mar, 1906
Succeeded by
Claud A. W. Hamilton
Preceded by
Arthur M. Farquhar
Captain of H.M.S. Magnificent
6 Nov, 1906[31] – 3 Dec, 1906
Succeeded by
Sackville H. Carden
Preceded by
Frederic E. E. Brock
Captain of H.M.S. Triumph
4 Dec, 1906[32] – 12 Nov, 1907
Succeeded by
Edmund R. Pears
Preceded by
New Appointment
Chief Inspector of Naval Ordnance
12 Nov, 1907[33]c. 12 Nov, 1907
Succeeded by
Francis G. Eyre
Preceded by
Arthur H. P. Turner
Vice-President of the Ordnance Board
1 Apr, 1913[34] – 4 Dec, 1915
Succeeded by
Cuthbert E. Hunter
as Vice-President of the Ordnance Committee

Footnotes

  1. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jul 04, 1871; pg. 12; Issue 27106.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25018. p. 4805. 23 September, 1881.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1884). p. 594.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26471. p. 7581. 29 December, 1893.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January, 1900.
  6. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. Book 2. f. 446.
  7. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. Book 2. f. 446.
  8. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. Book 2. f. 446.
  9. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. Book 2. f. 446.
  10. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 7 November, 1907. Issue 38484, col C, p. 9.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28201. p. 9182. 1 December, 1908.
  12. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 7 March, 1913. Issue 40153, col B, p. 4.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 28902. p. 7293. 15 September, 1914.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29886. p. 1. 1 January, 1917.
  15. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30336. p. 10604. 16 October, 1917.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 30457. p. 273. 4 January, 1918.
  17. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 41.
  18. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 41.
  19. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 41.
  20. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 41.
  21. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 229.
  22. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 445.
  23. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 445.
  24. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 445.
  25. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 446.
  26. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/373.
  27. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 445.
  28. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. Book 2. f. 446.
  29. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 309.
  30. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 446.
  31. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. Book 2. f. 446.
  32. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 446.
  33. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. Book 2. f. 446.
  34. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 446.