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Percy Royds


Percy Royds

Admiral Sir Percy Molyneux Rawson Royds CMG ADC (5 April 1874 – 25 March 1955) was a British admiral and politician.

Royds was born in Rochdale, the son of Ernest Royds and the older brother of Charles Royds, also later an admiral. He was educated at Eastman's Royal Naval Academy in Southsea and joined HMS Britannia, Dartmouth as a Naval Cadet in 1887. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1895 and joined HMS Excellent as a gunnery officer. In 1899 he served in the Boxer Rebellion in China as the First Lieutenant of HMS Arethusa.

In 1904, Royds joined Devonport Barracks as a gunnery officer. In 1905 he was promoted Commander at the unusually early age of thirty and joined the cruiser HMS Europa. He later transferred to another cruiser, HMS Argyll. In 1908, he was appointed Superintendent of Physical Training at Portsmouth. This was appropriate, since he had once played rugby union for Blackheath, the Barbarians and the Royal Navy and had appeared three times for England.[1] In 1910 he was elected naval representative on the Rugby Football Union and served for many years, latterly as a selector representing Kent. He also served on the committee of the Royal Tournament and the Olympic Council. In 1922 he was elected President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Rugby Union. In 1927 he was made president of the RFU.[1]

In 1912, he was promoted Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG).

After the war, Royds was appointed Captain-in-Charge of the King.

He only remained in command of Malaya until 22 April 1922 and was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 12 May 1922. On 1 December 1923 he became Admiral-Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard. He was created a Companion of the Bath (CB) in 1924. He relinquished the appointment of Admiral-Superintendent on 7 December 1925. On 1 August 1927 he was promoted Vice-Admiral and retired the following day. In 1932 he was promoted Admiral on the retired list.

On 1 July 1937, Royds was elected at a by-election as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Kingston-upon-Thames in a by-election, having been president of the local Conservative and Unionist Association for several years. He was knighted for political and public services on 1 January 1938 and retired in 1945. He also served on Surrey County Council for some years.

In 1898, Royds married Florence Yarrow (died 1948). They had one son and three daughters.



  1. ^ a b Owen, O.L., ed. (1956). Playfair Rugby Football Annual 1955-56. London: Playfair Books Ltd. p. 77. 

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Percy Royds
Military offices
Preceded by
Rear-Admiral Edward Kiddle
Admiral-Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard
Succeeded by
Rear-Admiral Charles Beaty-Pownall
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick Penny
Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames
Succeeded by
John Boyd-Carpenter
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