Admiral Francis Spurstow Miller
was born 25 Nov 1863 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
and died 6 Feb 1954 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England
at age 90.
General Notes: From the website: The London Gazette, Archives,http://www.london-gazette.co.uk
, 12 March 1954, p.57:
Francis Spurstow Miller was born in Litherland Park, Liverpool on 25 November
1863. He was educated at the United Services College, Westward Ho! and entered
the Royal Navy in 1877. Served as a Midshipman aboard the Monarch at the
bombardment of Alexandria, 11 July 1882. Promoted to Sub-Lieutenant in 1883,
Lieutenant in 1885, Commander in 1897 and Captain in 1903. He commanded the
Hawke, 1905-06; Sutlej, 1906-07; Goliath, 1907-09, and Duncan, 1912-13. He was
Assistant Hydrographer Admiralty, 1909-12. Whilst in this post he testified at the British Wreck
Commissioner's Inquiry into the loss of R.M.S. Titanic. During the war he was in administrative charge
of the Scapa Naval Base, 1914-16 and then placed in charge of the Northern Division of the coast of
Ireland, 1917-19. Miller was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1913 and Vice-Admiral in 1918. In 1919 he
was awarded the C.B. for his wartime services. He retired in 1920, being promoted to Admiral in 1922.
Latterly living in Bournemouth, Admiral Miller died on 6 February 1954.
Noted events in his life were:
Census: 1871, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England.
Francis S. Miller, son, 7, born Liverpool,
Occupation: Royal Navy, Jan 1877.
Joined the training ship
on this date
Census: 1881, Royal Navy, At sea or in a foreign port.
Midshipman aboard the
Misc: Inquiry into the loss of the SS Titanic, 1912, London, England.
Sworn in as a witness:
Capt. Francis Spurstow Miller. Examined by the Attorney-General. His testimony involved questions
concerning searchlights and their use on ships. The inquiry took place at the Wreck Commissioners'
Court at Scottish Hall, Buckingham Gate. At the time of the inquiry, Francis was Assistant
Hydrographer to the Admiralty.
Residence: Rothesay Hotel, Bath Road, Feb 1954, Bournemouth, Dorset, England.
Notice of Death: London Gazette, 12 Mar 1954, London, England.
MILLER, Francis Spurstow
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