George Alexander Ballard

George Alexander Ballard
Born (1862-03-07)March 7, 1862
Bombay, India
Died September 16, 1948(1948-09-16) (aged 86)
Hill House, Downton, near Salisbury, Wiltshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1875–1921
Rank Admiral
Commands held Janus
Royal Arthur[1]
Battles/wars Mahdist War, Third Anglo-Burmese War, First World War
Other work Author

Admiral George Alexander Ballard, CB (7 March 1862 – 16 September 1948) was an officer of the Royal Navy and a historian.


Ballard was the eldest son of General John Archibald Ballard (1829–1880), and his wife Joanna, the daughter of Robert Scott-Moncrieff, and was born at Malabar Hill, Bombay on 7 March 1862.

He joined the Royal Navy as a sub-lieutenant, was promoted lieutenant 15 March 1884,[2] and commander 31 December 1897.[3] In February 1902 he was ordered to six months' service at the Admiralty.[4] He was further promoted captain 31 December 1903.[5] In May 1913, Ballard was appointed a naval aide-de-camp to King George V,[6] and in the King´s Birthday Honours 3 June 1913 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath.[7] The following year he was appointed rear admiral 27 August 1914.[8] He became Admiral Superintendent Malta Dockyard in September 1916.[9]

After a long and active career in the Navy he retired as vice-admiral in 1921 and was advanced to the rank of admiral on the Retired List in 1924.[10]

During the 1930s he contributed two extensive series of technical articles on the warships of the mid-Victorian Navy to the quarterly Mariner's Mirror, one series on the armoured vessels (which was subsequently republished in a consolidated form in his book The Black Battlefleet) and one on lesser warships.




  1. The Dreadnought Project
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25329. p. 1304. 18 March 1884.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 26924. p. 7854. 31 December 1897.
  4. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36692). London. 15 February 1902. p. 12.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27632. p. 25. 1 January 1904.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 28718. p. 3438. 13 May 1913. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 28724. p. 3903. 30 May 1913.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 28881. p. 6794. 28 August 1914.
  9. Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 65.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 32919. p. 2323. 18 March 1924.


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Honorary titles
Preceded by
J de M Hutchison
Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King
1913 to ?
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur Limpus
Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
Succeeded by
Brian Barttelot
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