Percy Grant (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir Edmund Percy Fenwick George Grant, KCVO, CB (23 September 1867 – 8 September 1952) was a Royal Navy officer who served as First Naval Member and Chief of the Australian Naval Staff from 1919 to 1921.

Sir Percy Grant
Born23 September 1867
Died8 September 1952 (aged 84)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1881–1928
Commands heldAdmiral Superintendent Portsmouth Dockyard (1922–25)
Chief of the Australian Naval Staff (1919–21)
HMS Ramillies (1917–19)[1]
HMS Marlborough (1914–15)
HMS King Edward VII (1913–14)[1]
HMS Falmouth (1911–13)[1]
HMS Gibraltar (1910–11)[1]
HMS Arrogant (1910)[1]
HMS Halcyon (1906–08)[1]
Battles/warsAnglo-Egyptian War
Brazilian Naval Mutiny
First World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Naval career

Grant saw service in the Egyptian War of 1882 as well as the Brazilian Naval Mutiny in 1893.[2] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 October 1890,[3] posted as a lieutenant for navigation on the battleship HMS Mars, and promoted to commander (Navigation) on 26 June 1902.[4] In September 1902 he was posted to HMS President for study at the Royal Naval College.[5]

He went on to serve during the First World War initially as flag captain to Vice Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly in HMS Marlborough and then as flag captain and chief of staff to Admiral Sir Cecil Burney who was then second-in-command of the Grand Fleet.[2] In that capacity he saw his ship torpedoed and crippled at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[6]

After the war he was appointed First Naval Member and Chief of the Australian Naval Staff.[2] In this role, he served as defence advisor to Billy Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia at the Empire Conference in London in 1921.[2] He was appointed Admiral Superintendent at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1922 and retired in 1928.[2] He was recalled during the Second World War to serve as Captain at the Port of Holyhead.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f The Dreadnought Project
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ "No. 26093". The London Gazette. 3 October 1890. p. 5268.
  4. ^ "No. 27448". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1902. p. 4198.
  5. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36881). London. 24 September 1902. p. 4.
  6. ^ Jutland Battle Melbourne Argus, 22 December 1920

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Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Sir William Creswell
Chief of the Australian Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Sir Allan Everett

The English surname Percy, first taken by the House of Percy, Norman lords of Northumberland, derives from the village of Percy-en-Auge in Normandy. From there, it came into use as a given name. It is also a short form of the given name Percival, Perseus, etc.

Percy Grant

Percy Grant is the name of:

Percy Grant (Royal Navy officer) (1887-1952), Royal Navy admiral and Chief of Navy of the Royal Australian Navy

Percy Stickney Grant (1860–1927), American Protestant Episcopalian clergyman

Commonwealth Naval Forces
First Naval Members,
Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Chiefs of the Naval Staff
Chiefs of Navy


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