Alexander Duff (Royal Navy officer)
|Sir Alexander Duff|
20 February 1862|
22 November 1933 (aged 71)|
London, United Kingdom
|Years of service||1875–1925|
|Commands held||China Station|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
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)
Duff joined the Royal Navy in 1875. He was Director of the Mobilisation Division at the Admiralty from 1912 through the start of the war. 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.
He then became Director of the Anti-Submarine Division in 1917. Like the First Sea Lord, Admiral Jellicoe, Duff initially opposed the use of convoys. However, his efforts greatly reduced the destruction caused by the "underwater menace".
After the War he became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff and then, from 1919, Commander-in-Chief, China Station. He retired in 1925.
- Alexander Duff at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- Grigg 2002, p50
- Obituary: Admiral Sir Alexander Duff The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November 1933
- The Dreadnought Project: Alexander Duff
- Grigg, John. Lloyd George: War Leader, 1916–1918 Allen Lane, London 2002 ISBN 0-713-99343-X
Sir Frederick Tudor
| Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Sir Arthur Leveson