Cowley Thomas

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Commander (retired) William Cowley Thomas, C.B.E. (27 June, 1900 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

In 1931, he changed his name to Cowley Thomas.

Life & Career

The son of H. J. Thomas, Esq., a stockbroker.

He passed out of the Training Establishment in May 1917 and served in the battleship Royal Oak until 9 June (March?), 1919. He then took a four-week course in Torpedo Control at the torpedo training school H.M.S. Vernon, after which he was temporarily assigned to the destroyer Mons for three months.

Thomas was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 August, 1921.

In August 1924, he was sent to Lucia to be a spare officer for submarines. September found him in L 69, where he may have remained until February 1927.

In May 1928, he was made first lieutenant in L 54.

Thomas was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 August, 1929.

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request upon arriving back in England on 26 May, 1934.

World War II

Mobilized 28 September, 1938.

Thomas was promoted to the rank of Commander on 27 June, 1940.

He was mentioned in despatches for his role in capturing Sicily.

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Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John P. Wisden
Captain of H.M.S. H 31
29 Apr, 1929 – 21 Apr, 1930
Succeeded by
Hugh G. Cooke
Preceded by
Thomas I. S. Bell
Captain of H.M.S. L 21
31 Dec, 1931[1] – 4 Jan, 1933
Succeeded by
Henry C. Cumberbatch
Preceded by
Thomas M. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. Odin
c. late Mar, 1933 – 24 Apr, 1934
Succeeded by
Hugh V. King
Preceded by
Reginald H. Portal
Captain of H.M.S. York
15 Mar, 1941[2] – 13 Jun, 1941[3]
Succeeded by
Vessel Stricken
Preceded by
New Command
Taranto
9 Sep, 1943[4] – 9 Jan, 1944[5]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Morgan
as Flag Officer, Taranto and Adriatic

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 249.
  2. Thomas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/189. f. 188.
  3. Thomas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/189. f. 188.
  4. Thomas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/189. f. 188.
  5. Thomas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/124/189. f. 188.