Arthur Gerald Onslow

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Lieutenant-Commander Arthur Gerald Onslow, D.S.C., R.N. (13 May, 1885 – 1 June, 1916) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Major Onslow of the Royal Engineers, Arthur Onslow was born in Roorkee, India.

Captain Stokes of H.M.S. Eclipse recorded in January, 1903 that Onslow was "troublesome at times" and "inclined to be self-opinionated."

Onslow next served in Highflyer and Hyacinth. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross on 6 September 1904 for service in the Somaliland Expedition.

Onslow was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 October, 1906.

Onslow was appointed Lieutenant & Commander of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 18 on 13 February, 1911.[1]

Onslow was appointed in command of the destroyer Kestrel on 14 August, 1913.[2]

Onslow was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 October, 1914.

Onslow commanded the destroyer Onslaught at the Battle of Jutland as an element of the Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla.[3] He was mortally wounded in the night action and died of his wounds at 12.30pm on 1 June, ten hours after being wounded.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Owen T. H. Phillips
Captain of H.M. T.B. 104
2 Apr, 1907[4] – 27 Mar, 1909
Succeeded by
Henry D. Pridham-Wippell
Preceded by
George W. Taylor
Captain of H.M. T.B. 18
13 Feb, 1911[5] – 14 Aug, 1913
Succeeded by
Ernest W. Kirkby
Preceded by
Laurence R. Palmer
Captain of H.M.S. Crane
15 Jul, 1913 – 14 Aug, 1913
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Preceded by
Richard L. Hamer
Captain of H.M.S. Kestrel
14 Aug, 1913[6] – 30 Apr, 1915
Succeeded by
Frederick E. K. Strong
Preceded by
Roger L'E. M. Rede
Captain of H.M. T.B. 23
30 Apr, 1915 – 5 Jun, 1915
Succeeded by
Humphrey M. Robson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Moon
5 Jun, 1915 – Jul, 1915
Succeeded by
William D. Irvin
Preceded by
Norton A. Sulivan
Captain of H.M.S. Hope
Jul, 1915 – 9 Jan, 1916
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Foote
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Onslaught
9 Jan, 1916 – 1 Jun, 1916[7]
Succeeded by
Basil W. L. Owen


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 400.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 342.
  3. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 45.
  4. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 401.
  5. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 400.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 395g.
  7. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 244.