Ramsey, Alexander

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Ramsey, Alexander, born 29-05-1881 in London as the third son of John William Ramsay, 13th Earl of Dalhousie and his wife, Lady Ida Louisa Bennet, he entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in HMS Britannia in 1894 and later went to sea on HMS Majestic the flagship of Admiral Sir Walter Kerr in the Channel Squadron.

   Kerr died age 87, on 12-05-1927.  In October 1911, he became a naval aide-de-camp to the Duke of Connaught, then Governor General of Canada. He returned to active naval duty in 1913 as the gunnery officer of the battle cruiser Indefatigable in the Mediterranean. Ramsay took part in several important naval operations of World War I. He took part in the first phase of the bombardment of the Dardanelles forts in November 1914 and later at Gallipoli. He received the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) for his conduct there. Ramsay rose to the rank of Commander in late 1914 and became flag commander of the Second Squadron in 1916. He gained promotion to Captain in 1919 and served as the naval attaché in Paris for the next three years. In 1928, Ramsay assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMS Furious in the Atlantic Fleet. He gained promotion to rear admiral in 1933 and for the next five years commanded the aircraft carriers in the fleet. King George V made him a Companion of the Order of the Bath (C.B.) in the 1934 New Year’s Honours. He subsequently advanced to the rank of Knight Commander in that order. Ramsay served as Commander in Chief, East Indies Station from 1936 to 1938 and then became Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Air Services. Ramsay held this post until the outbreak of World War II. He was promoted to Admiral and retired at his own request in 1942. King Georg VI

    knighted him on 18-02-1938, and invested him with the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (G.C.V.O.) on 6 July that year.

Death and burial ground of Ramsey, Alexander.

  Admiral Ramsay died at Ribsden Holt, Windlesham, Surrey, age 91, on 08-10-1972. He was buried at Frogmore Royal Burial Ground.

 

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