Frederick Tudor

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Sir Frederick Tudor
Adm FCT Tudor.jpg
Born29 March 1863
Stoke Damerel, Devon, England
Died14 April 1946(1946-04-14) (aged 83)
Dennistoun, Camberley, Surrey, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1876–1922
Commands heldHMS Prometheus
HMS Challenger
HMS Superb
China Station
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Order of the Sacred Treasure (1st Class) - Japan
Order of the Rising Sun (2nd Class) - Japan
Order of St. Anne (1st Class) - Russia
Order of the Striped Tiger (1st Class) - China

Admiral Sir Frederick Charles Tudor Tudor, KCB, KCMG (born Jones; 29 March 1863 – 14 April 1946) was a British Royal Navy officer who went on to be Third Sea Lord.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Tudor was born in Stoke Damerel, Devon, the son of Harrington Rogers Jones, of Harwich, and Henrietta Augusta Tudor, of Cork, Ireland. He came first in order of merit out of 42 candidates who passed the examination for naval cadetships in 1875.[2] Jones was promoted to the rank of lieutenant with seniority of 29 March 1884.[3] On 26 December 1890, he adopted his mother's maiden name and changed his surname to Tudor.[1]

Tudor was promoted to the rank of commander on 31 December 1896.[4] He was appointed an Assistant to the Director of Naval Ordnance from the same date.[5] He was appointed to HMS Hannibal on 10 May 1898.[6] Tudor was appointed in command of HMS Prometheus in early 1902,[7] and was in command of this ship when she took part in the fleet review held at Spithead on 16 August 1902 for the coronation of King Edward VII.[8] He subsequently held commands in HMS Challenger and HMS Superb.[9]

After serving as Assistant Director of Naval Ordnance at the Admiralty from 1906 to 1909 he was given command of the Gunnery School at Whale Island in Portsmouth in 1910.[9] He went on to be Director of Naval Ordnance and Torpedoes from 1912 to 1914.[9]

He served in World War I as Third Sea Lord from 1914 to 1917 when he became Commander-in-Chief, China Station.[9] Tudor was responsible for arranging the escape of refugees from Siberia through Japan and on to Canada. In 1917, he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, which represents the second highest of eight classes associated with the award. Notice of the King's permission to accept and to display this honour was duly published in the London Gazette.[10] Tudor later became President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1920[11] before retiring in 1922.[9]

Tudor was an uncle of Owen Frederick Morton Tudor, who married Larissa Tudor, a woman some people have claimed might have really been Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia.


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Admiral Sir Frederick Tudor". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 15 April 1946. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 4 December 1875. Issue 28490, col A, p. 6.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25352. p. 2085. 9 May 1884.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26809. p. 3. 1 January 1897.
  5. ^ "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 22 January 1897. Issue 35107, col E, p. 11.
  6. ^ "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 2 May 1898. Issue 35505, col B, p. 12.
  7. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36666). London. 16 January 1902. p. 7.
  8. ^ "The Coronation - Naval Review". The Times (36845). London. 13 August 1902. p. 4.
  9. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  10. ^ Order of the Rising Sun, conferred 1917 -- "No. 30363". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 October 1917. p. 11322.
  11. ^ Michael Occleshaw, The Romanov Conspiracies: The Romanovs and the House of Windsor, Orion, 1993, p. 176


  • Occleshaw, Michael, The Romanov Conspiracies: The Romanovs and the House of Windsor, Orion, 1993, ISBN 1-85592-518-4

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Gordon Moore
Third Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Lionel Halsey
Preceded by
Sir William Grant
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Duff
Preceded by
Sir William Pakenham
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Richmond