Aubrey Arthur Douglas Grey
Life & Career
Grey was a special entry to the Royal Naval College, Osborne.
The son of a barrister.
Grey was appointed to the destroyer Partridge in 1916 and served in her until she was sunk by German destroyers in the Action of 12 December, 1917. As the ship was foundering, Grey jumped into the water to assist acting Lieutenant Lancelot Walters, who was exhausted. Grey swam with Walters for more than a quarter mile and placed him on a raft despite being badly wounded in the leg. The raft could only accommodate Walters, and Grey swam off with little hope of being rescued himself, though a German destroyer did come across and pick him up in the heavy, intensely cold seas. Grey was eventually awarded the Stanhope Medal for his lifesaving efforts, but Walters apparently died in the raft or was otherwise not rescued.
Grey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 15 December, 1917.
Grey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 December, 1925.
Grey was placed on the Retired List on account of age at rank of Commander on 16 November, 1937.
World War II
- "Gold Medal for Naval Officer." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Feb 11, 1920; pg. 16; Issue 42331*.