Alexander Duff (Royal Navy officer)

Sir Alexander Duff
Born 20 February 1862
Knockleith, Aberdeenshire
Died 22 November 1933 (1933-11-23) (aged 71)
London, United Kingdom
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1875–1925
Rank Admiral
Commands held China Station
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British EmpireKnight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Legion of Honour, Commander
Distinguished Service Medal (United States)

Admiral Sir Alexander Ludovic Duff GCB GBE KCVO (20 February 1862 22 November 1933) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

Duff joined the Royal Navy in 1875.[1] He was Director of the Mobilisation Division at the Admiralty from 1912 through the start of the war.[2] He served in World War I as Rear-Admiral (Second-in-Command) of the 4th Battle Squadron, taking part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.[2]

He then became Director of the Anti-Submarine Division in 1917.[2] Like the First Sea Lord, Admiral Jellicoe, Duff initially opposed the use of convoys.[3] However, his efforts greatly reduced the destruction caused by the "underwater menace".[4]

After the War he became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff and then, from 1919, Commander-in-Chief, China Station.[2] He retired in 1925.[2]


In 1886, he married his first cousin Janet Douglas Duff; they had two daughters.[1] In 1924 he married Alice Marjorie Hill-Whitson; they had no children.[1]



  • Grigg, John. Lloyd George: War Leader, 1916–1918 Allen Lane, London 2002 ISBN 0-713-99343-X
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Tudor
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Leveson
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