Eric Ritchie Bent

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Rear-Admiral Eric Ritchie Bent, C.B., D.S.C., Royal Navy (26 September, 1888 – 9 June, 1949) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Bent was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 November, 1908.[1]

Bent was appointed to Excellent on 5 August, 1912 to qualify for gunnery duties.[2]

On 15 July, 1914, he was appointed to Ocean to act as gunnery officer,[3] remaining in her until being transferred to Queen Elizabeth on 8 April, 1915. Some time later in 1915, he was again a gunnery officer, this time in Prince George. He remained there until being appointed as gunnery officer in Albion on 17 February, 1916. By March, however, he was Lieutenant (G) in Agamemnon.[4]

Bent was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 November, 1916.[5]

Finally discharged from Agamemnon in January, 1918, he was briefly at Pembroke for gunnery duties and then on 3 May appointed as Lieutenant-Commander (G) in Superb, where he would be for less than one month, as he served as gunnery officer in Hercules from 27 May, 1918 until 29 January, 1919.[6]

Post-War

Bent was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1919.[7]

Bent was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1927.[8]

Bent was appointed in command of the light cruiser Champion in October, 1928.

On 20 September, 1937, Bent was appointed Chief of Staff and Maintenance Captain to Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth. He was superseded on 9 January, 1939 and was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral the following day.[9]

World War II

On 14 February, 1941, Bent was appointed Rear-Admiral (Operations) to the Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth. On 17 May, this was altered to Chief of Staff to C-in-C, Plymouth. This appointment was terminated on 25 April, 1942 and Bent reverted to the Retired List the next day.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John H. Young
Captain of H.M.S. Champion
17 Oct, 1928[11] – 18 Oct, 1929[12]
Succeeded by
Richard M. Welby
Preceded by
William B. Mackenzie
Captain of H.M.S. Danae
6 Aug, 1930[13][14] – Feb, 1932[15]
Succeeded by
Arthur L. St. G. Lyster
Preceded by
Cyril G. Sedgwick
Captain of H.M.S. Berwick
Nov, 1934[16] – 15 Jul, 1937[17]
Succeeded by
Irving M. Palmer

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 7.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 310.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 363.
  4. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  5. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  6. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  7. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  8. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  9. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  10. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  11. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  12. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 229.
  14. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  15. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.
  16. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260. Month of year taken from predecessor.
  17. Bent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 260.