Admiral Sir Charles Edmund KINGSMILL, CMG, RN (Retired)

Admiral Sir Charles Edmund KINGSMILL, CMG, RN

Admiral Sir Charles Edmund KINGSMILL, CMG, RN

Admiral Kingsmill was born in Guelph, Canada West in 1855, and joined the Royal Navy (RN) as a Cadet in 1869.  From 1869 until 1881 he served in HM Ships Britannia, Bellerophon, Bullfinch, Druid, Aboukir and Dryad, the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert, and HM Ships Research and Vernon.  In 1881 he was appointed First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) in HMS Arab including service during the naval and military operations in Eastern Sudan in 1884.  In 1884 he was appointed the British Vice-Consul and British Agent at Zeyla in the Gulf of Aden.  In 1885 he was appointed First Lieutenant in HMS Cormorant, assuming command on the death of the Captain in 1889.  In 1890 he assumed command of the gunboat HMS Goldfinch on the Australian Station.  Promoted to Commander in 1891, he proceeded on leave on half-pay in 1891, returning to HMS Victory in 1892.  In 1893 he was appointed the Commander (Executive Officer) in HMS Immortalité, and then in 1894 Commander in HMS Blenheim.  In 1895 he assumed command of the cruiser HMS Archer on the China Station.  Promoted to Captain in 1898, he proceeded on leave on half-pay.  In 1900 he attended courses at Royal Naval College Greenwich and later that year assumed command of the cruiser HMS Mildura on the Australian Station, followed by command of the cruiser HMS Scylla for the voyage back to UK in 1903.  In 1904 he attended the Captain’s War Course and then assumed command of the battleship HMS Majestic in 1905, followed by command of the battleship HMS Dominion in 1906 and command of the battleship HMS Repulse in 1907.  Promoted Rear-Admiral in May of 1908, he retired from the Royal Navy in September 1908, remaining on the RN retired list.  In May of 1908 he was appointed Commander Canadian Fishery Protection Service and later Director Marine Services of the Department of Marine and Fisheries (Canada).

In May 1910 he became the first Director of the Naval Service of Canada and subsequently was promoted to Vice-Admiral on the RN Retired List in 1913.  Admiral Kingsmill was promoted to his current rank, on the RN retired list, in April 1917.  He continued to serve as Director of the Naval Service until his departure in 1920.  He died 15 August 1935.