A partial list of the officers, December 1916
The list at the end of this page identifies some of the officers of the Orvieto in December 1916, as found in the Navy Lists for 1916 and 1917. The names are taken from signatures inscribed on a silver tray which was an unusual wedding gift to my grandfather, Albert Manchester from his fellow-officers, and which is in my possession.
The inscription reads:
Presented to Sub-Lieutenant and Mrs Manchester on the occasion of their Marriage. Dec 2nd 1916. By the Officers of H.M.S "Orvieto".
Not all the signatures are legible, and some cannot be unambiguously matched with names from the Navy Lists. Each officer identified is listed together with his rank and date of seniority. The officers were variously members of the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. I have not distinguished between officers of these three services as I should have done, but to correct the ommission I would have to go back and check the records again, which I will probably never do.
|An incomplete list of the officers of HMS Orvieto in December 1916.|
|Name||Rank||Date of seniority|
|Battison, Duncan McL||Engineer Sub-Lieutenant||6th March 1915|
|Brewer, Frederick H||Sub-Lieutenant||26th January 1915|
|Cambell, Ronald P||Midshipman||15th May 1916|
|Causer, Walter B||Midshipman||20th May 1916|
|Clarke, Donald L||Engineer Sub-Lieutenant||6th March 1915|
|Crawford, W||Engineer Sub-Lieutenant||22nd May 1915|
|Drewett, Frederick C||Sub-Lieutenant||15th April 1916|
|Durrant, Bertrand W||Midshipman||5th April 1916|
|Filkin, Robert T N||Sub-Lieutenant||12th June 1916|
|Hayes, Ignatius J||Lieutenant Commander||15th August 1916|
|Higgins, John T D S||Surgeon||4th October 1912|
|Jones, Henry J||Sub-Lieutenant||15th April 1916|
|Locke, Donald||Engineer Lieutenant Commander||12th July 1915|
|Mackain, Clifford A||Sub-Lieutenant||3rd February 1916|
|Manchester, Albert||Sub-Lieutenant||12th June 1916|
|Mervyn, Audley||Engineer Sub-Lieutenant||24th July 1916|
|Osborne, Henry M||Engineer Lieutenant||12th July 1915|
|Robinson, Harold||Lieutenant||4th April 1915|
|Shaw, Ernest H||Engineer Sub-Lieutenant||6th March 1915|
|Tillotson, William P||Midshipman||6th March 1915|
|Weymouth, Sydney G||Midshipman||25th April 1916|
|Whitehead, Ernest W||Paymaster||10th December 1914|
The Navy Lists of officers were consulted at Birmingham Central Library.
A CD-Rom containing the Navy List for August 1914 can be purchased from the Archive Britain web site at www.archivebritain.com/navy_list_august_1914.htm. Most of the officers listed above will not be found on it, since with one exception they all received their naval commissions after August 1914.