Ernest John Spooner
Life & Career
Born in Winchester.
Spooner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1909.
Spooner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 January, 1917.
Spooner was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1922.
Spooner was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1930.
Spooner was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Repulse in December, 1938.
World War II
Spooner was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 25 June, 1940.
Spooner was appointed as Rear-Admiral, Malaya in 1941 and was declared missing in action following a pell mell retreat from the Japanese.
Spooner was placed on the Retired List and promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral (retired) on 22 October, 1943.
Spooner was declared to have died on 15 April, 1942. He had been forced ashore from a motor launch which had been strafed and died of privation on an island.
Louis H. B. Bevan
|Captain of H.M.S. Dragon
2 Oct, 1930 – Sep, 1932
W. Frederic Wake-Walker
Robert R. Turner
|Deputy Director of Operations Division
12 Dec, 1932 – 27 Jul, 1934
Ronald W. Blacklock
Piers K. Kekewich
|Captain of H.M.S. Frobisher
18 Dec, 1936 – 16 Aug, 1937
Peveril B. R. W. William-Powlett
Charles E. S. Farrant
|Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
17 Aug, 1937 – 17 Dec, 1938
Henry C. Bovell
John H. Godfrey
|Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
19 Dec, 1938 – 18 Jun, 1940
William G. Tennant
- The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 233.
- The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 321.