Charles Henry Allen

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Captain (retired) Charles Henry Allen, D.S.O., R.N. (23 October, 1890 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Allen's father died before he entered the navy.

Allen was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant on 15 July, 1911.[1]

Allen was instructed in submarines in early 1913 and was appointed to Bonaventure for service in them on 1 May, 1913.

Allen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1913.[2]

He was appointed to Bonaventure for duty in the submarine C 7 in August, 1914, second in command to Lieutenant in Command George F. Bradshaw.[3]

Allen was in command of the submarine E 42 on 24 April, 1918 when she succeeded in torpedoing the hobbled battlecruiser Moltke.[4] He would be awarded a D.S.O. for this accomplishment.

Allen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1921.

Allen was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1926.

In 1930, Allen was blame for damaging X1 by not seeing that a test of the high pressure blowing system had been improperly conducted.

World War II

Allen was appointed as Assistant to the King's Harbour Master, Portsmouth in late 1939, vice D'Arcy. He was relieved in late April 1940 for being "incompetent at his job."

Allen was placed on the Retired List on account of age with the rank of Captain on 23 October, 1940.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John G. Bower
Captain of H.M.S. E 42
12 Jun, 1917 – 24 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Alistair S. Cumming
Captain of H.M.S. L 18
27 Jul, 1921 – May, 1922
Succeeded by
Charles H. Allen
Preceded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Captain of H.M.S. L 16
May, 1922 – 22 Sep, 1922
Succeeded by
John H. Owen
Preceded by
Charles H. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. L 18
2 Feb, 1923 – c. late 1923
Succeeded by
Theodore F. A. Voysey
Preceded by
Edward G. Stanley
Captain of H.M.S. Alecto
Jan, 1926[5] – Jul, 1926
Succeeded by
Edward A. Aylmer
Preceded by
Philip E. Phillips
Captain of H.M.S. X1
27 Jul, 1927 – 28 Jul, 1930
Succeeded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Preceded by
Ronald W. Blacklock
Captain of H.M.S. Alecto
31 Jan, 1931[6] – 17 May, 1932
Succeeded by
Gerald A. Garnons-Williams
Preceded by
The Hon. George Fraser
Captain of H.M.S. Calypso
24 Jul, 1933 – 2 Apr, 1935
Succeeded by
Alfred W. Sprott
Preceded by
Charles Farquhar-Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Delhi
10 Mar, 1938 – 7 Aug, 1938
Succeeded by
Reginald W. Hore
Preceded by
Charles E. Morgan
Captain of H.M.S. Enterprise
7 Aug, 1938 – Aug, 1939[Inference]
Succeeded by
Henry J. Egerton
Preceded by
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Assistant King's Harbour Master of Chatham Dockyard
5 Aug, 1943 – 21 Jul, 1945
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 2.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 3.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 285.
  4. Naval Operations. Vol. V. p. 238.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 215.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 215.