Douglas Lionel Dent

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Admiral Douglas Lionel Dent, C.B., C.M.G., Royal Navy, Retired (7 August, 1869 – 11 July, 1959) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Dent became a Lieutenant on 14 August, 1889.[1]

Dent was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1901.[2]

He was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Æolus on 2 July, 1906.[3]

Captain

On 30 June, 1908, Dent was promoted to the rank of Captain.[4]

He was appointed to Blenheim, in command, on 31 March, 1910.[Citation needed]

On 1 May, 1912, he was appointed Captain Superintendent of Destroyers Building by Contract.[5]

Great War

He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) on 1 January, 1916.[6]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Irresistible on 4 January, 1915, and survived her sinking at the Dardanelles. Following her loss he was appointed to Hussar as Harbour Master at Mudros and Captain Superintendent. In April he was appointed as Principal Transport Officer.

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Edgar in June ,1915[7] and remained in her until being appointed to command the battleship Prince of Wales on 8 June, 1916.[8] On 16 June, 1917, he was appointed in command of the battleship Centurion in the Grand Fleet, and assumed command on 22 June.[9]

Post-War

He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1919.[10] On 9 June he was appointed to President as President of the Fire Control Tables Committee.[11]

Dent was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 3 August, 1919, vice Tancred[12] and was appointed Director of Naval Equipment in succession to Rear-Admiral Edward F. Bruen, dated 2 May, 1922.[13]

Promotion to Vice-Admiral came on 1 January, 1925.[14] Dent was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 6 August, 1926,[15] and was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 27 February, 1929.[16]

Bibliography

  • "Adml. D. L. Dent" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 16 July, 1959. Issue 54514, col F, p. 8.

Service Records


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 42
18 Jul, 1889[17] – 7 Sep, 1889[18]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 10
1 May, 1892[19] – before Sep, 1892[20]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John F. Murray-Aynsley
Captain of H.M.S. Kite
30 Apr, 1898[21] – 8 Jun, 1898[22]
Succeeded by
George P. W. Hope
Preceded by
Arthur W. Waymouth
Assistant Secretary to the Ordnance Committee
1 Sep, 1902[23]
Succeeded by
Mervyn H. Cobbe
Preceded by
John G. Hewitt
Captain of H.M.S. Katoomba
9 Nov, 1904[24]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
The Hon. George A. Hardinge
Captain of H.M.S. Æolus
2 Jul, 1906[25] – 28 Jan, 1908[26]
Succeeded by
John C. Watson
Preceded by
Brian H. F. Barttelot
Captain of H.M.S. Blenheim
31 Mar, 1910[27][28] – 2 Apr, 1912[29]
Succeeded by
Ernest S. Carey
Preceded by
The Hon. Stanhope Hawke
Captain of H.M.S. Irresistible
4 Jan, 1915[30] – 18 Mar, 1915[31]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Edward Unwin
Captain of H.M.S. Hussar
30 Mar, 1915[32] – 7 Jun, 1915[33]
Succeeded by
John R. Middleton
Preceded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Captain of H.M.S. Edgar
25 Jun, 1915[34] – 8 Jun, 1916[35]
Succeeded by
Francis C. Brown
Preceded by
Herbert A. Adam
Captain of H.M.S. Prince of Wales
8 Jun, 1916[36] – Apr, 1917[37]
Succeeded by
William F. Dale
Preceded by
Roger J. B. Keyes
Captain of H.M.S. Centurion
16 Jun, 1917[38]
Succeeded by
Hugh L. P. Heard
Preceded by
New Command
Chief of the Submarine Service
1919 – 1921
Succeeded by
Hugh F. P. Sinclair
Preceded by
Edward F. Bruen
Director of Naval Equipment
2 May, 1922[39]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
 

Footnotes

  1. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27393. p. 3. 3 January, 1902.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 272.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28151. p. 4644. 26 June, 1908.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 23 April, 1912. Issue 39880, col G, p. 16.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29423. p. 83. 1 January, 1916.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 397c.
  9. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 106. 1 January, 1919.
  11. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 31495. p. 10089. 8 August, 1919.
  13. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 2 March, 1922. Issue 42969, col G, p. 20.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 33010. p. 219. 9 January, 1925.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 33192. p. 5443. 17 August, 1926.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 33474. p. 1575. 5 March, 1929.
  17. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  18. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  19. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  20. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  21. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  22. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  23. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  24. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 335.
  25. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 272.
  26. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  27. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  28. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 285.
  29. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  30. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  31. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  32. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  33. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  34. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393p.
  35. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  36. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 397c.
  37. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  38. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 754.
  39. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 2 March, 1922. Issue 42969, col G, p. 20.