Robert William Francis Travers

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Captain (retired) Robert William Francis Travers (18 August, 1872 – 19 March, 1954) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Jersey, the son of Colonel H. F. Travers, who worked with the an Ordnance Office at Dublin Castle.

Travers entered Britannia in January, 1886 after placing thirty-sixth in order of merit of the forty candidates for naval cadetship that were accepted for acceptance following a round of examinations in late November, 1885.[1]

An application for leave from December 1893 through January 1894 in order to give evidence in the case of Travers v. Patterson was denied owing to his being needed to prepare Mohawk for commissioning. He served in her until some time shortly after being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1894.

Travers was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on October, 1902.

Admitted to Portland Hospital on 11 July 1906 suffering from appendicitis. Discharged on 26 July to be unemployed for fourteen days. He was found fit on 9 August.

Travers was placed on the Retired List with a step in rank to Commander on 18 August, 1917.

Before the war, Travers spent six years as Divisional Officer of the Southend Coast Guard. On 30 July 1914, he was lent to the Examination Service at Sheerness, which lasted through to 10 February, 1919. He was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List, dated 11 November, 1918 in recognition of services rendered during the war.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alan E. Hudson
Captain of H.M.S. Leopard
15 Jan, 1902 – 11 Mar, 1902
Succeeded by
Charles M. Forbes
Preceded by
George P. Bevan
Captain of H.M.S. Charger
11 Mar, 1902 – 22 Apr, 1902
Succeeded by
John W. McCowen
Preceded by
Arthur H. Smith-Dorrien
Captain of H.M.S. Imogene
Jan, 1903 – 6 Feb, 1905
Succeeded by
Robert E. R. Benson
Preceded by
John B. Sparks
Captain of H.M.S. Skipjack
1 Jan, 1906[2] – 10 Jan, 1908
Succeeded by
Harry C. J. R. West


  1. "Cadetships In The Navy." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Dec 05, 1885; pg. 8; Issue 31622.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 376.