Alfred Dudley Pickman Rogers Pound

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Admiral of the Fleet SIR Alfred Dudley Pickman Rogers Pound, G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., Royal Navy (29 August, 1877 – 21 October, 1943) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

In the examination for cadetships in the Royal Navy held on 25 November, 1890, Pound placed first out of fifty-seven successful candidates, with 1,846 marks.[1]

On 16 October, 1897, Pound was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, dated 29 August, 1896.[2]

On 29 August, 1898, Pound was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.[3]

In 1904, Pound was thanked for his work creating a system of deflection sights.[4]

In 1909, Pound was appointed to President, additional, as an Assistant to D.N.O.[5]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1909.[6]

Captain

He was appointed in command of the battleship Colossus on 24 October, 1915,[7] and commanded her at the Battle of Jutland.[8]

On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 3 June, 1919.[9]

Pound was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V on 1 January, 1925, vice Parker.[10]

Flag Rank

Pound was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 March, 1926.[11]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 15 May, 1930, vice Fuller.[12]

Pound was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 16 January, 1935, vice Preston.[13]

First Sea Lord

Pound was promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet on 31 July, 1939, vice Tyrwhitt.[14]

On 1 October, 1941, Pound was appointed First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George VI, vice Drax.[15]

Mrs. Sheila de Molyns, the daughter of Pound's former admiral in Colossus, acidly noted of his death: "It probably suited Churchill."[16]

Bibliography

  • "Adml. of the Fleet Sir D. Pound" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 22 October, 1943. Issue 49683, col D, p. 7.
  • Brodhurst, Robin (2000). Churchill's Anchor: Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O.. Barnsley: Leo Cooper. ISBN 0-85052-765-1.

Papers

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Cecil I. Prowse
Captain of H.M. T.B. 58
15 Jun, 1897[17] – 9 Jul, 1897[18]
Succeeded by
John F. H. Cole
Preceded by
Sydney S. Hall
as Additional Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord for Submarine Duties
Additional Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord
20 Mar, 1915 – 24 Oct, 1915[19]
Succeeded by
Hamnet H. Share
Preceded by
The Hon. Edward S. Fitzherbert
Captain of H.M.S. Colossus
24 Oct, 1915[20][21] – Jul, 1917[22]
Succeeded by
Wilfred Tomkinson
Preceded by
Cyril T. M. Fuller
Assistant Director of Plans
Oct, 1917[23] – 10 Jan, 1918[24]
Succeeded by
Ragnar M. Colvin
Preceded by
?
Director of Operations Division (Home)
12 Jan, 1918[25] – 15 Jul, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
John D. Kelly
Preceded by
William H. D. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
18 Oct, 1920[27] – 18 Apr, 1922[28]
Succeeded by
Frederic C. Dreyer
Preceded by
Barry E. Domvile
Director of Plans
3 May, 1922[29][30] – 9 Mar, 1925[31]
Succeeded by
Wilfrid A. Egerton
Preceded by
Frederic C. Dreyer
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff
21 Apr, 1927[32][33] – 21 Apr, 1929[34]
Succeeded by
Wilfred Tomkinson
Preceded by
Frederic C. Dreyer
Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
21 May, 1929[35] – 24 Apr, 1931[36]
Succeeded by
Wilfred Tomkinson
Preceded by
Sir Cyril T. M. Fuller
Second Sea Lord
31 Aug, 1932[37] – 30 Sep, 1935[38]
Succeeded by
Sir Martin E. Dunbar-Nasmith
Preceded by
Sir William W. Fisher
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station
20 Mar, 1936 – 31 May, 1939
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew B. Cunningham
as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Preceded by
Sir Roger R. C. Backhouse
First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
12 Jun, 1939[39]
Succeeded by
John B. Cunningham

Footnotes

  1. "Cadetships in the Royal Navy" (News). The Times. Tuesday, 16 December, 1890. Issue 33196, col B, p. 10.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26901. p. 5725. 19 October, 1897.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27000. p. 5195. 30 August, 1898.
  4. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 8 January, 1909. Issue 38851, col D, p. 5.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 28263. p. 4857. 25 June, 1909.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393e.
  8. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 43.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31379. p. 7045. 3 June, 1919.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 33015. p. 591. 27 January, 1925.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 33139. p. 1650. 5 March, 1926.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 33606. p. 3069. 16 May, 1930.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 34125. p. 458. 18 January, 1935.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 34651. p. 5393. 4 August, 1939.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 35309. p. 5962. 14 October, 1941.
  16. Sheila de Moleyns. Tape recording in possession of the Liddle Collection, University of Leeds.
  17. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  18. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  19. Pound service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/294.
  20. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393e.
  21. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  22. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  23. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  24. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  25. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  26. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  27. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  28. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  29. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 124.
  30. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  31. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  32. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 123.
  33. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  34. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  35. "Naval, Military, and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 21 May, 1929. Issue 45208, col D, p. 23.
  36. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  37. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  38. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 294.
  39. Pound Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 226.