Clarence Walter Eyre Trelawny

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Captain Clarence Walter Eyre Trelawny (9 June, 1881 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy. He spoke some French.

Life & Career

Born in Marylebone and raised by a Mrs. A. Rowe, Trelawny gained nine months' time on passing out of Britannia. His first ship was Astræa in the Mediterranean. In March 1898, Trelawny was reported for "injudicious conduct" and discharged to Empress of India. His misdeeds were bad enough that quarterly reports were called for. By October, favourable reports were such that continued reporting was suspended.[1]

Trelawny was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1902.[2]

Trelawny was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1910.[3]

On 3 May 1913, Trelawny damaged Hornet while proceeding alongside a fuel oil lighter and was told to be more careful in future.[4]

Trelawny was appointed in command of the destroyer Spitfire on 17 June, 1913, in which he specially contributed to good results in the gunlayers' test of 1913.[5] Trelawny would serve as Spitfire's captain through the Battle of Jutland where she fought as part of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla and collided in night action with the German battleship Nassau, sustaining tremendous damage.[6] Trelawny was wounded and commended for promotion for skilfully avoiding being rammed by what was wrongly thought to be a mere cruiser. It was thought that he had saved his ship by instead ramming her. Trelawny was accordingly specially promoted to the rank of Commander on 12 September, 1916, his promotion being backdated to 30 June, 1916.[7]

Appointed for duty on the Staff of S.N.O., Inverness on 15 February, 1917. On 26 September, he left to temporarily assume command of Vampire for just a handful of days.[8]

Appointed Maintenance Commander at Buncrana on 9 July, 1918.[9]

Post-War

He was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Hermione on 30 August, 1919.[10]

Trelawny was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 15 February, 1923.

Trelawny was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 9 June, 1926.[11]

World War II

Granted the Acting rank of Captain on 10 November, 1939, Trelawny requested that he undergo training to command an Armed Merchant Cruiser. He was appointed in command of Ranpura on 12 September 1939 and for command of A.M.Cs.. Ranpura servedf first in the Mediterranean before moving to the South Atlantic in February, 1940. Trelawny took ill in In May 1940 and by mid July Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth had located a coronary thrombosis. Trelawny was superseded in command and reverted to the Retired List on 16 July as medically unfit.[12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alfred B. Barker
Captain of H.M.S. Virago
31 Dec, 1902 – 30 Apr, 1903
Succeeded by
John A. Gregory
Preceded by
Hugh D. Colville
Captain of H.M.S. Peterel
19 Oct, 1910[13][14] – 21 Mar, 1912[15]
Succeeded by
Salisbury H. Simpson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Hornet
21 Mar, 1912[16][17] – 12 May, 1913[18]
Succeeded by
Colin K. MacLean
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Spitfire
17 Jun, 1913[19][20] – 1 Jul, 1916[21]
Succeeded by
Humphrey M. Robson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Offa
1 Jul, 1916[22][23] – 4 Feb, 1917[24]
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Lecky
Preceded by
Ernest W. Leir
Captain of H.M.S. Trident
late Sep, 1917[25] – 15 Oct, 1917[26]
Succeeded by
Roger L'E. M. Rede
Preceded by
Frederick E. K. Strong
Captain of H.M.S. Vampire
26 Sep, 1917[27][28] – late Sep, 1917[29]
Succeeded by
Harry R. Godfrey
Preceded by
Evelyn L. B. Boothby
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
30 Aug, 1919[30][31] – 15 Jan, 1921[32]
Succeeded by
Sir Leonard P. Vavasour, Bart.
Preceded by
Hugh Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Godetia
15 Jan, 1921[33] – 20 Dec, 1922[34]
Succeeded by
Francis W. D. Twigg

Footnotes

  1. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  2. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  3. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  4. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  5. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  6. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  7. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  8. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  9. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 786.
  11. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  12. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  13. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  14. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 356.
  15. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  16. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  17. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 328.
  18. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  19. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398d-k.
  21. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  22. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  23. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396gg.
  24. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  25. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  26. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  27. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  28. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396gg.
  29. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  30. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 786.
  32. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  33. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.
  34. Trelawny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/32. f. 32.