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Reginald Bacon

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Admiral Sir Reginald Hugh Spencer Bacon, KCB, KCVO, DSO (1863 – 1952) was a Royal Navy admiral. He retired from the Navy in 1909 as director of Naval Ordnance.

Bacon served as Intelligence Officer in the British naval campaign against the city of Benin. Subsequently he wrote Benin, the City of Blood (1897), describing the Benin Expedition.

Bacon was the first captain of the battleship HMS Dreadnought and was closely associated with Admiral Fisher; public revelation of the exchanges between the two led to what was tantamount to Bacon's dismissal from the service in 1909.

From 1910 to 1914 he was managing director of the Coventry Ordnance Works. He returned to active service on the outbreak of World War I to command the Dover Patrol and was involved in the development of the North Sea Mine Barrage

He wrote numerous other books, including biographies of John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe and Jackie Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher.

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