Admiral of the Fleet
The right honourable
Sir Alfred ernle montacute chatfield
G.C.b., o.m., k.c.m.g., c.v.o, d.c.l.
first baron chatfield of ditchling in the county of sussex


Updated 18-Oct-2007

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield


Personal Details
Event Date / details Source
Date of Birth 27 September 1873 1
Place of Birth Southsea, Hampshire 1
Name of father Rear Admiral A.J. Chatfield 1 / 3
Profession of father Rear Admiral, Royal Navy 1
Wife's Name Lillian E. St. J Matthews 1
Date of Marriage 29 July 1909 1
Place of Marriage Not known 1
Date of Death 15 November 1967 3
Place of Burial Not known 1


Rank History
Rank Date attained Source
Entered Service 15/07/1873 1
Midshipman 15/08/1888 1
Sub-Lieutenant 27/09/1892 1
Lieutenant 27/03/1894 1
Commander 31/12/1903 1
Captain 30/06/1909 1
Rear-Admiral 31/07/1920 1
Vice-Admiral 01/03/1926 1
Admiral 01/04/1930 1
Admiral of the Fleet 08/05/1935 1


Honours and Knighthoods
Honour or Knighthood Date awarded Date Gazetted Source
Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB (Military)) 3 June 1916 2 June 1916 4
CVO - before Sept 16      
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.)
(For the Battle of Jutland)
15 September 1916 15 September 1916 4
Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (K.C.M.G.) 3 April 1919 3 April 1919 4
Appd A.D.C. to H.M. the King 26.1.20   1
Cross of the Order of the Phoenix   ?26/9/33? 1
Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (G.C.B.)
(New Year Honours)
1 January 1934 29 December 1934 4
Created Baron Chatfield of Ditchling in the County Of Sussex
( Coronation honours)
4 June 1937 15 June 1937 4
Order of Merit (O.M.)
(New Year Honours)
2 January 1939 30 December 1938 4


Rewards & Distinctions
Source: ADM 196/43 Service History
Gained 11 mos. time on passing out of "Britannia"
CB (Military) Gazetted 3/6/16
C.M.G. for Battle of Jutland Gazette 15.9.16
Invested with C.B. (Military) by the King on board H.M.S. Q Elizabeth 24/6/17
K.C.M.G. Gaz 3/4/19
Awarded G.S.P. £150 a year from 2.12.19
Appd A.D.C. to H.M. the King 26.1.20
Gazette 26/9/33 Licence to wear Cross of the Order of the Phoenix awarded by Greek Govt. Chalcidice Earthquake
G.C.B. (Mil) Gazette 1.1.34 (Invested 27.2.34)
Coronation honours Created a Baron Gazette 11.5.37 Dignity of Baron conferred by Letters Patent dated 4.6.37 London Gaz 15.6.37
O.M. New Year Honours Jan 1939 Gazette 2.1.39
Gazette 3/2/39 appt member of Privy Council


Examinations
Source: ADM 196/43 Service History
Passed Seamanship 2nd Cl Cert 759 marks
Passed Torpedo May 1893 2 Cl Cert 824 mks
Passed College Part I Apl 93 2 Cl Cert 824 mks
Passed Gunnery Oct 93 1 Cl Cert 546 mks
Passed Pilotage Dec 93 1 Cl Cert 957 mks
Passed College Part 2 Apr 94 1st Cl Cert 1557 marks


Special Attainments or Qualifications
Source: ADM 196/43 Service History
Oct 92 Mean for certs of former service 100 marks (full)
June96 gained 1st Class theoretical gunnery certificate
June 97 gained 1st class practical gunnery certificate
1st class final certificate in gunnery


Service / Appointments History
Ship Station Date of
appointment
Date of
discharge
Cause Source
Britannia Training Ship 15 July 86 July 88   1
Iron Duke Channel Squd 16 Oct 88 29 ?June? 88 Cleopatra 1
Cleopatra ????? 29 ?June? 88 14 Feb 90 Warspite 1
Warspite addl Pacific 14 Feb 90     1
Champion lent by ???? Pacific 7 Mar 92 31 May 92 Warspite 1
Alexandra ???? Manoeuvres 11 July 93     1
Royal Sovereign Chan' Squadn May 94 9 Sept 95 Supd 1
Excellent to Qualify in Gunnery   30 Sept 95     1
Excellent to Qualify in Gunnery     97   2
Iris lent Manoeuvres 2 July 96 Augt 96 P.O. 1
Melampus (G) Manoeuvres 15 ?June? 1897 9 Aug 97 Cambridge 1
Cambridge ??? Staff Home 9 Aug 97 8 July 98 Vivid 1
Vivid addl for R.N. Barracks for (G) duties Home 8 July 98 5 Jan 99 Caesar 1
Caesar G duties Medn 5 Jan 99 21 Jan 01   1
Wildfire addl for Sheerness G School - ????? Senior Staff Home 21 Jan 01     1
Wildfire addl for Sheerness G School - ????? Senior Staff     02   2
Immortalite (1st & G) Manrs 16 July 01 16 Aug 01 P.O. 1
D. of W. add for Good Hope 1st & G   15 Oct 02 8 Nov 02 Good Hope 1
Good Hope (1st & G) Cruiser 8 Nov 02 5.1.04
Supd 1
    03   2
Venerable Med 25.1.04 15.3.06   1
Excellent   15.3.06 1.7.09 Supd 1
Albermarle (Flag) Atl 26.8.09 8.2.10 London 1
London (Flag)
and as Flag Capt1
Atl 8.2.10 26.8.10 Supd 1
President for T & G courses   3.10.10
11.11.10   1
  Sept 10     2
President for N courses   15.11.10 12.10   1
President for Signal courses   13.2.11     1
President for War courses   6.3.11 23.6.11   1
Medina & as Flag Capt to R Adml Sir Colin Keppel   10.10.11 15.2.12 P.O. 1
Aboukir   2.7.12 Manrs   1
President addl for special service tempy   14.9.12   X 1
Victory ----"---- Southampton   24.9.12 Trials   1
Southampton   26.11.12
3.13   1
  Dec 12     2
Lion as Flag Capt to R Adml Beatty   3.13 29.11.16   1
Iron Duke as Flag Capt. to Sir J Jellicoe & for Gunnery Duties in Grand Fleet   29.11.16 18.2.17   1
Queen Elizabeth as Flag Capt & for (G) duties in Grand Fleet   2.17 7.4.19 Supd 1
President Addt for Special Svce (M. 12828/19)   17.4.19 30.4.19   1
A L.C. of the Admiralty 4th Sea Lord   19.6.19
15.3.20   1
  17.6.19     2
G.S.P.1   2.12.19     2
A.D.C.1   26.1.20 31.7.20   2
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff   15.3.20 1/2/22
Supd 1
    11/12/22   2
Rear Ad. Cdg. 3rd L.C. Sq
(H.M.S Cardiff)
(M. 22422/24)
  11.12.22 1.25
Struck flag 22.1.25
Supd 1
Rear Ad. Cdg. 3rd L.C. Sq
(H.M.S Cardiff)
(M. 22422/24)
    18/12/24   2
Lord Commissioner of Admlty, 3rd Sea Lord & Controller
President addl. for tempy service inside Admlty
  30.4.25
31.3.25
1.11.28
Supd 1
    31/10/28   2
Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet (M. 4540/28)
Assumed Cd 17/4/29
  17/4/29 27.5.30
26/05/301
Supd 1
Commander in Chief Mediterranean (CW 2424/30)   27.5.30 Abt 1 Oct 32   1
President addl. for duty inside Admiralty & as a Lord Comm of the Admiralty & Chief of Naval Staff vice Field (CW 5717/32 & 11376/32)   14.1.33

7.9.38
(DL 2.2.38)
  1
First Sea Lord   21/1/33     2
President addl. for duty outside Admty (DL 17/10)
(Chairman of India Office Cttee)
  22.9.38 4.2.39   1


Reports
Source: ADM 196/
Date of Report General Conduct Ability Professional knowledge, specifying any particular branch Whether temperate habits Special knowledge or acquirements (Languages, Drawing, & c.) Remarks, mentioning any special defects or high qualifications as regards Zeal, Judgment, Physical Qualities, & c., and if specially recommended for advancement. Remarks
July 88 VG Fair         Capt. Bedford
1 Jan 90 VGI VG G Yes Nil Promising officer Capt. Musgrave
5 Jan 91 VGI VGI VGI Yes   VG physique, very zealous Capt. Lambton
Warspite
Jan 92
VGI VGI VGI Yes     Capt. Lambton
Nov 92
Warspite
VGI VGI VGI Yes     Capt. Lambton
Feb 04 VGI VGI VGI (G) Yes   A very capable G & executive offr. Good gymnast. Zealous & efficient. Capt. Madden
Nov 04 VGI VGI VGI Yes   Tact & Judgt. Specially recd. Capt. Patey
?July? 05 VGI VGI VGI Yes   Great administrative ability & tact. Recd. Capt. Henniker
Mar 08 VGI VGI VGI Yes   An exceptional officer. Recd. Capt ?Humpan?
July 09 VGI VGI VGI Yes   Great zeal tact ability ???? advancement Capt. Hamilton


Special Reports or Service
Source: ADM 196/43 Service History
Transfer from Cleopatra to Warspite to take effect when the two ships meet in the ????? in event of ships not meeting ?? fact he reported when ??? Chatfield's appt will be cancelled.
Arrived home in Tyne 15 Nov 92
11 Jan 93 Joined College Part I
Jd College Part 2 11 Jan 94
Informed name noted to qualify for Gunnery duties 4 Oct 94
15 May 95 Selected to qualify for gunnery duties
1 May 01 Satisfactory inspection of Gunnery School by VA Kennedy
M 8801 6 July 1901 Infd incurred the severe displeasure by navigating T.B.D. "Zebra" at excessive rate of speed on River Thames on 1 June 01
G11702 Nov 02 TLs appreciation expressed of services on Committee revising "Rifle & Field Exercises Vol. II
Arrived in England 28/1/04
N. 16481:11:03 Specially recd for Promn by Adml Fawkes
G10887/04 Satis firing results in Good Hope
NL 14138 Saty Inspn of Venerable by V Ad. Custance 28.10.04
NL 11900/12/06 Very satis inspection of Excellent by Admiral Douglas & strongly recd for advancement
NL 12461 29/11/07 Very satisfy inspect of Whale Isd by C-in-C
NL 9075 Very cred Inspn of Excellent by Adl Fanshawe 17.8.08
Recommended by Adml Fanshawe (addl) Nov 08
5/09 Recd for prom by Adml Fanshawe (special)

4/8/09 Granted leave to travel abroad

Arrived home 22/8/09
Contd on bks of President 11-14 Nov 10
Compd Nav Co 23.6.11 1st Cl.
Coronation Dunbar Medal, Dehli 1911
To attend Army Amnoeuvres ??? 14197/12 to date on joining
NL 6669 Feb 13 Satis Inspn of Southampton
Dogger Bank action on 24/2/15
Greatest credit due to him for remarkable manner in which Lion was taken in tow under difficult circumstances ?2nd Supp to? London Gazette of 2/3/15 M 0894
Battle of Jutland Gaz 15.9.16 Commanded and fought Flagship with great skill and gallantry
Assumed Cd of Iron Duke 29/11/16
K.C.M.G. for services as Principal Gunnery Officer of the Fleet Gaz ?3?/4/19 CW 1305/19
Invested to K.C.M.G. Buckingham Palace 17.5.19
Relinquishes A.D.C. & promoted to Flag Rank
Relinquishes G.S.P. on promotion to Flag Rank
Mentioned in despatches Gaz 6.7.16
24/4/22 appointed to Committee to consider question of retirement of Captains RN
CE 3214/22 - T.Ls express appreciation of services rendered at the Washington Conference
Rear Ad. Chatfield's Flag as RAC 3LCS will be transferred to "Cardiff" 19.1.23
M. 1047/39 Appreciation of services as Chairman of the Expert Committee on Indian Defence, 1938 20/2/39
CW 22822/42 Naval Identity Card Issued (no. 123811) 25/6/43
Gazette 22/6/51 Deputy Lieutenant of County of Buckinghamshire 15/6/51


Captain's Confidential Reports
Source: ADM 196/89 -Captain's Confidential Report
Date
Remarks Reporting Officer
1901 Censured for damage caused by wash of T.B.D. in Thames due to excessinve speed  
Jan 02 Capt. Campbell recomds for promh  
1902 V high abilities: attention to all duties. Good athlete. Popular. Strongly recomd for promn, Adm Markham
1903 On Cee for revising "Rifle & Field Exercises" Vol. II T. Ls appreciation of result expressed.  
1903 Excellent as an Executive Offe Adm. Hawkes
Feb 04 A v. capable G executive offr. Has performed his duties with zeal & efficiency. A good gymnast. Capt. Madden
  Adm. Fawkes fully concurs & remarks that "Comr C has done much for Gunnery in the ships."  
Dec 04 V. zealous. Great tact & judgt. Good organiser. Specially recomd for advancement. Capt. Patey
Aug 05 An admirable executive offr. Great administrative ability & exercises great firmness & tact. Capt. Henniker-Hughan
July 05 Satisfy inspn of Venerable by Adml Grenfell  
Mar 06 An exceptional offr. in every way. Capt. Henniker-Hughan
Nov 06 Much has been done to restore the good discipline of the G school - there has been an undoubted smartening up all round & instrn in shooting has lost none of its thoroughness & is efficiently carried out. I strongly recomd Comr Chatfield for promn Sir A Douglas
Inspn of Whale Island
July 07 As Comr of G. Estabt has performed duties with great zeal, tact & ability. Is worthy of early promn. Comdre Hamilton
Dec 07 Whale Island Estabt is in a v. creditable condition Inspn by Sir D. Bosanquet
Aug 08 Inspn of Whale Is by Sir A Fanshawe. "In extremely good order."  
Dec 08 Sir A Fanshawe recom addly for promn as an offr of whom he has a very high opinion & who would do extremely well in the higher ranks  
July 09 Most zealous, hardworking & trustworthy. Has exhibited great tact in the performance of his duties as Comr of the G School at Whale Is. I consider Capt. C as one of the best offrs I have met & am sorry to lose his services. VG physical qualities. VG at all games. Would be the right sort of Capt to comd a Cadet sea going training cruiser. Capt. Tupper
  Sir A Fanshawe fully concurs & adds: "I feel much grateful that their Lordships have seen fit to promote this officer."  
Aug 10 In all respects an excellent officer. More cannot be said. R Adl Keppel
12/5/16 An exceptional offr who has proved his great ability by the manner in which he has fought his ship on three occasions. Will make a fine admiral. V. Adm. Beatty
Aug 16 V. Adm Beatty says: (re Jutland Battle) "Comd & fought my flagship with great skill & gallantry." Awarded C.M.G. (Gazette 15/9/16)  
Gazette 5/4/19 K.C.M.G. for Services as Principal G offr., Grand Fleet.  
Apr 1919 "A v. exceptional offr. with a knowledge & experience not equalled by any Capt. in the service. Has served with me for six years & has never failed to meet the situation & many difficult with skill & success. Adm. Beatty
1922 Birthday Honours - Promoted to K.C.B.  
1934 New Year Honours - Promoted to G.C.B.  
1937 Coronation Honours - promoted to Baron  


Commander's Confidential Reports
Source: ADM 196/
Date
Remarks Reporting Officer
     
     


Sources
1 ADM 196/43 Service History National Archives
2 ADM 196/89 Captain's Confidential Reports National Archives
3 Times, 16 November 1967 Worcestershire County Council Library Service
4 London Gazette (various dates) www.gazettes-online.co.uk