Cecil Lambert

Sir Cecil Lambert
Born 28 May 1864
Died 29 February 1928 (1928-03-01) (aged 63)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
 Royal Air Force
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Lapwing
HMS Hibernia
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Cecil Foley Lambert KCB (28 May 1864 29 February 1928) was a Royal Navy admiral during World War I.

Naval career

Born the son of Sir Henry Edward Francis Lambert, 6th Baronet, and his wife, Eliza Catherine Hervey, Cecil Lambert joined the Royal Navy as a Naval Cadet in 1877.[1]

Promoted to Commander on 31 December 1900,[2] he was appointed in command of HMS Panther in early December 1901,[3] but moved to the destroyer HMS Myrmidon the following month. After promotion to Captain in June 1905,[4] he went on to command HMS Lapwing and HMS Hibernia.[5]

He became commander of the destroyer flotillas in the First Fleet in July 1912 and Fourth Sea Lord and a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty in 1913 and continued to serve in that role into World War I.[5]

In 1917 he was appointed Commodore, first class, in command of the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron in the Grand Fleet,[6] with his flag in HMS Birmingham, being promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in April 1917.[4][7] In the same year he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star (the second highest of eight classes associated with the Order), notice of the King's permission to accept and wear this honour being duly published in the London Gazette.[8]

From February - September 1918 he served as Rear-Admiral Commanding the Aegean Squadron.[7]

In 1919 Lambert was seconded to the recently established Royal Air Force where he served as Director of Personnel.[5] The following year he was appointed to the Air Council as an additional member.[5] He relinquished his appointment on 5 December 1921 and was placed on the Retired List.[5]


In 1896 Cecil Lambert married Rosina Drake, the daughter of Francis Drake of Brixham in Devon.[9]

Honours and awards


  1. "Admiral Sir C.F. Lambert" in The Times (Thursday, 1 March 1928), p. 16.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January 1901.
  3. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36612). London. 14 November 1901. p. 9.
  4. 1 2 Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904-1945 - Rear-Admiral Sir Cecil Foley Lambert
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Admiral Sir Cecil Lambert
  6. Navy Lists
  7. 1 2 The Times (Thursday, 1 March 1928), p. 16.
  8. Order of the Rising Sun, conferred 1917 -- The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30363. p. 11322. 30 October 1917. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  9. Darryl Lundy (28 July 2007). "Person Page - 24085". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 21 February 2008.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Pakenham
Fourth Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Lionel Halsey
Title last held by
W S Brancker
As Master-General of Personnel
RAF Director of Personnel
Succeeded by
J F A Higgins
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