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Arthur Baxter

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Sir Arthur J. Baxter (c1890-1951), commodore of the Orient Line

1952 Obituary [1]

It is with regret that we record the death of Sir Arthur J. Baxter, K.B.E., D.S.C., R.D., R.N.R., at the age of sixty-one years, at his home at Petersham.

Sir Arthur, who was a former commodore of the Orient Line, first went to sea in 1904 and joined the Orient Line in 1913, gaining his first command, the "Orsova," in 1933.

In the first world war Sir Arthur was in command of a destroyer and sank a German submarine; in the second world war he was engaged in trooping voyages before he joined the Royal Navy with the rank of Acting Commodore and appointed Commodore of Convoys.

For a year Sir Arthur was A.D.C. to the King and was made a K.B.E. in 1944. On being demobilised he was promoted to Commodore and placed on the retired list and then he returned to the Orient Lino, of which he was appointed the first commodore in 1948, finally retiring in 1949.

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