Edwin Mansergh Palmer

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Captain (retired) Edwin Mansergh Palmer, O.B.E., (23 June, 1882 – 19 November, 1945) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Palmer was born in Armagh, the son of physician J. Mansergh Palmer.

Palmer failed his navigation examination in June, 1902 and pass it in September. In March, 1903, he would fail gunnery and pass it the following month.

Palmer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1904 as he was finishing an appointment in the [Channel Squadron]]'s battleship Jupiter. A faintly positive evaluation in October from her Captain Startin ("fairly zealous") was more than undercut by a note from Vice-Admiral Beresford: "A very unsatisy. report. I consider this officer unfitted for appt. to a T.B.D.." Palmer was sent to the destroyer Cherwell for a month and then to Flirt for another.[1]

On 24 October, 1907, Palmer received a second class certificate in Physical Training duties.[2]

Palmer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 September, 1912.[3]

Great War

On 15 April, 1917, the S.S. Turridella (?), "employed as a minelayer", though it is unclear if this was by Palmer or the enemy, was destroyed. Whatever underlies this incident, Palmer was praised for it. Palmer gave up command of Odin on 18 May, 1917.[4]

Palmer was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1917. On 23 July, 1917 he was mentioned in despatches for gallantry in military operations in Aden in the period 10 March 1916 to 31 March, 1917.[5]

Palmer was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 January, 1923.[6]

Having recently taken up the role of port officer in Port Sudan, Palmer was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List upon reaching the age forty-five on 23 June, 1927.[7]

World War II

Palmer was appointed as Naval Officer in Charge, Aberdeen, vice Coombs on 6 November, 1939. On the 27th, he was appointed to Afrikander V as Maintenance Captain on Staff of the Commander in Chief, South Atlantic.[8]

On 1 October, 1941, he was appointed in command of H.M.S. Okapi and H.M.S. Eland, as Flag Captain to Commander in Chief, South Atlantic. David Bruce Nicol superseded him in these roles very soon thereafter.[9]

He was reverted to the Retired List on 30 October, 1945.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Cathcart R. Wason
Captain of H.M.S. Odin
15 Jan, 1917[11] – 18 May, 1917[12]
Succeeded by
James S. C. Salmond
Preceded by
Rupert S. Gwatkin-Williams
Captain of H.M.S. Edinburgh Castle
14 Mar, 1940[13] – 31 Jul, 1941[14]
Succeeded by
David B. Nicol

Footnotes

  1. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  2. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  3. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  4. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  5. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  6. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  7. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  8. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  9. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  10. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/162. f. 367.
  11. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 367.
  12. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 367.
  13. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47. f. 367.
  14. Nicol Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/133. f. 144.