Gordon Reinhold Bald
Life & Career
The son of retired Colonel R. B. Bald was born in Colchester, Essex.
Bald was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 May, 1906.
On 25 August, 1911, he qualified for torpedo duties with 1,521 marks out of 2,000.
On 13 December, 1912, appointed to Antrim of the Third Cruiser Squadron as torpedo officer. His journals at the National Maritime Museum purportedly detail his service during this time, and the general nature of torpedo training in the period.
Bald was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 May, 1914.
In March, 1918, he was granted permission to visit France while on leave.
On 8 April, 1919, he was made Fleet Torpedo Officer, serving as such in Queen Elizabeth until February 1921. He had requested permission to return to Spain to study in hopes of qualifying as interpreter. On 10 April, 1921, appointed to study Spanish in Spain for four months. He qualified as an acting interpreter in October. The Commander-in-Chief recommended that he be made the second officer in a ship upon his return.
On 4 September 1923, appointed for two years to Malaya as executive officer, also as an Acting Interpreter in Spanish.
Bald was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 6 November, 1931.
World War II
Bald was called up for "Selection Board No. 5"[?] on 1 December, 1940. In early 1945, he was appointed to assist the Director of Torpedoes and Mining. He reverted to the Retired List on 11 July, 1945.
George E. Cumming
|Captain of H.M. T.B. 98
2 Apr, 1906
Frederic B. Coppin
|Fleet Torpedo Officer, Atlantic Fleet
8 Apr, 1919
- The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 400.
- The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 847-9.