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Sir Alexander Duff
Born (1862-02-20)February 20, 1862
Died November 22, 1933(1933-11-22) (aged 71)
Place of birth Knockleith, Aberdeenshire
Place of death London, United Kingdom
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png 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 went on to be Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

Naval career

Duff joined the Royal Navy in 1875.[1] He was Director of the Mobilisation Division at the Admiralty in the from 1911.[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 he was initially an opponent of convoys.[3] However, as a result of his efforts the destruction caused by the "underwater menace" was considerably lessened.[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 Janet Douglas Duff; they had two daughters.[1] In 1924 he married Alice Marjorie Hill-Whitson; they had no children.[1]


External links

  • The Dreadnought Project: A


  • 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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