Robert Oliver FitzRoy

Robert Oliver FitzRoy

 2nd Viscount Daventry

Robert Oliver Fitroy was born on January 10th 1893 in Hans Place, Knightsbridge.   His parents were Edward Algernon Fitzroy – see earlier entry – and Muriel Fitzroy. They had married on 19/11/1891.   His parents had bought Foxhill Manor, West Haddon in 1893.

The 1901 census shows him living at Foxhill, aged 8  with his sister Nancy , aged 7, brothers Michael A, aged 6 and John aged 4.   There were 7 servants in residence.   His parents were living at St George, Hanover Square (at least on the day of the census) where they had eight servants.

In 1911 he was living at Portland, Dorset.

He served in the Royal Navy from 15/12/1915 until 15/12/1923

On 15/12/1915 he was a Lieutenant serving on board the battleship Centurion – launched 18/11/1911.

On 5/9/1916 he married Grace Zoe Guinness, his second cousin.   They had three children, Mary Angela, born 4/11/1919, died 6/11/1984, Gwyneth Zoe, born 27/5/1921, died 24/12/1969 and   Grace born 26/3/11930, died 2001.

On 15/12/1923 he was promoted Lieutenant Commander.

In May, 1937 he sailed from Southampton to New York aboard the Normandie.   He returned in July 1937 from Quebec  aboard the Empress of Britain.   He gave his home address as 112 Sloane Street, London.

He rejoined the navy in 1937 and served until 1947.   From 14/4/1938 until 26/3/1940 he was the captain of  HMS Bramble.   It was sunk on 31/12/1942.   From 1940 until 1943 he was the Royal Navy Director of Minesweeping and from 1943 until 1946 he was the captain of HMS Rodney, a battleship used in the attack on the German battleship Bismark.

His wife died on 14/1/1978.   Robert Oliver Fitzroy died in Swan Court, Chelsea on 19/1/1986 aged 93.

 

Jim Blakey

6th November, 2016

HMS Rodney
HMS Rodney

 

HMS Centurion
HMS Centurion