Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

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Vice-Admiral Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, V.C. (17 September, 1881 – 27 December, 1955) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 30 June, 1903.[1]

In 1909, Carpenter received the appreciation of the Admiralty for inventing a plotting mechanism which was nonetheless not adopted for use. In December, 1910, he was thanked for inventing an instrument for finding course and speed of an enemy and for correcting the rate.[2]

He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1911.[3]

He was promoted to Commander on 30 June, 1915.[4]

Carpenter commanded the second class protected cruiser Vindictive for the raid on Zeebrugge, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry.

He was specially promoted to Captain on 23 April, 1918 thanks to his work in the Zeebrugge operation.[5]

In April 1921, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Carysfort.

In May 1928, he assumed command of the battleship Marlborough.

He was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 3 August, 1929.[6]

He was promoted to Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 31 July, 1934.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Norman L. Stanley
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
4 Apr, 1918[8] – 26 Apr, 1918[9]
Succeeded by
Alfred E. Godsal
Preceded by
Ragnar M. Colvin
Assistant Director of Plans
26 Apr, 1918[10] – 17 Jan, 1919[11]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Dickens
Preceded by
Ralph Collins
Captain of H.M.S. Carysfort
Mar, 1921[12] – 5 Apr, 1923[13][14]
Succeeded by
Patrick E. Parker
Preceded by
Ernest W. Leir
Captain of Chatham Dockyard
1 Feb, 1924[15] – 1 Feb, 1926[16]
Succeeded by
Robert C. Hamilton
Preceded by
Ambrose M. Peck
Captain of H.M.S. Benbow
15 Aug, 1927[17] – 1 May, 1928[18]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. Fisher
Preceded by
Frederick C. Fisher
Captain of H.M.S. Marlborough
1 May, 1928[19] – 6 Nov, 1928[20]
Succeeded by
Charles D. Burke

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 13.
  2. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  3. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  4. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  5. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  6. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  7. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  8. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  9. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  10. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  11. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 734.
  13. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  14. Day of month taken from Parker Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46 f. 16.
  15. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  16. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  17. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  18. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  19. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.
  20. Carpenter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 162.