Charles Edward Kennedy-Purvis

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Admiral SIR Charles Edward Kennedy-Purvis, K.C.B., G.B.E., Royal Navy (2 May, 1884 – 26 May, 1946) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Clifton, Gloucester on 2 May, 1884.

Kennedy-Purvis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 January, 1904.[1]

On 14 March, 1908, he married Ethel May Conquest at Christ Church in Woburn Square, London.[2]

Kennedy-Purvis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 January, 1912. From March, 1912 through June 1917, he remained in Vernon for W/T duties and to serve as an instructor in the developing technology.[3]

The Great War

Kennedy-Purvis was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1915. Still at Vernon, he continued his work on the War Staff and in instruction until 17 January, 1918 when he was appointed to Southampton as executive officer, where he would serve out the remained of the war.[4]

Post-War

Kennedy-Purvis was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1921.[5]

Kennedy-Purvis was appointed in command of the light cruiser Concord in July, 1925.

He was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Glorious in March, 1931. A collision between the aircraft carrier and S.S. Florida on 1 April was laid at the feet of Kennedy-Purvis, but the number of aircraft operating at the time were taken as such an extenuating circumstance that no action was taken against him.[6]

Flag Rank

Kennedy-Purvis was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 30 September, 1933.[7]

Kennedy-Purvis was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 28 June, 1937.[8]

Kennedy-Purvis was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 15 February, 1942.[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Geoffrey Hopwood
Captain of H.M.S. Diomede
21 Jan, 1925[10][11] – Jul, 1925[12]
Succeeded by
James S. Macl. Ritchie
Preceded by
Alexander R. W. Woods
Captain of H.M.S. Concord
Jul, 1925[13] – 8 Jan, 1927[14]
Succeeded by
Alan F. W. Howard
Preceded by
Henry K. Kitson
Director of the Signal Department
1 Mar, 1927 – 17 Mar, 1930
Succeeded by
James W. S. Dorling
Preceded by
Dashwood F. Moir
Captain of H.M.S. Glorious
14 Mar, 1931[15] – 1932[16]
Succeeded by
Guy C. C. Royle
Preceded by
Sidney R. Bailey
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff
2 Jul, 1934[17][18] – 2 Oct, 1936[19]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Max K. Horton
Rear-Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron
2 Oct, 1936[20] – Mar, 1940[21]
Succeeded by
W. Frederic Wake-Walker
Preceded by
Arthur F. Pridham
Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Station
23 Aug, 1938[22]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Layton
Preceded by
Sidney R. Bailey
President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
7 Oct, 1938[23] – 1940[24]
Succeeded by
Eric J. P. Brind
Preceded by
Sidney J. Meyrick
Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station
Mar, 1940[25]
Succeeded by
Alban T. B. Curteis
Preceded by
Appointment Lapsed since 1919
Deputy First Sea Lord
Jul, 1942[26] – May, 1946[27]
Succeeded by
Appointment Lapsed

Footnotes

  1. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  2. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  3. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  4. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  5. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  6. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  7. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  8. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  9. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  10. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 233.
  12. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  13. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  14. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  15. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  16. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  17. "The Services" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 14 August, 1934. Issue 46832, col F, p. 7.
  18. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  19. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  20. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  21. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  22. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  23. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  24. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS.
  25. Kennedy-Purvis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 31.
  26. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS.
  27. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS.