Robert Graham joined the Navy from Charterhouse in 1918. Following service in the Aircraft-carrier Eagle, he qualified as air-pilot in 1924 and for the next ten years served with units of the Fleet Air Arm in home waters, the Mediterranean and China. He was promoted to commander in December, 1934, and continued to command squadrons in the Fleet Air Arm until 1936 when he was appointed to the Naval Air Division. In 1937 he was lent to the Air Ministry for duty in the Department of Research and Development. In February, 1939, he was appointed to the Exeter and was awarded the D.S.O. for his services in action in the battle with the Graf Spee.
Graham also was a an expert ornithologist.
S.Lt. 31.05.1921, seniority 15.01.1921
Lt. 22.10.1923, seniority 15.10.1922
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