Harold Richard Ware Turnor

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Commander (retired) Harold Richard Ware Turnor, R.N. (10 June, 1887 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Darmouth, the son of H. M. Turnor, Esq..

Turnor was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1909.

From late 1910 to 14 August, 1913, Turnor was first officer in the destroyer Saracen. In 1912, he received an unsatisfactory report from her commanding officer, Cdr. Cardale, saying he was "lacking tact, unofficerlike manner. no sense of responsibility." By May, however, Cardale was able to report that Turnor "ha[d] greatly improved".

In August 1913 Turnor began serving in the pre-dreadnought Implacable, in which he remained until 19 April, 1916. He was sent to join the light cruiser Bristol when she commissioned in May 1916 but was with her only briefly, as in June he started an extended series of commands of minesweeping vessels that would distinguish his naval career.

Turnor was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1917.

Turnor was placed on the Retired List at his own request at the rank of Commander on 14 September, 1929.

World War II

Following a three week training course in anti-submarine warfare in July 1939, Turnor was placed in command of No. 36 group of anti-submarine trawlers and in command of the trawler Stella Canopus on 4 November 1939.

Turnor incurred the Admiralty's severe displeasure in "not taking sufficiently energetic measures in face of enemy with sighting s/m on 19 November, 1939" and he was relieved of his command.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William H. S. S. Thomson
Captain of H.M.S. Marguerite
8 Jun, 1916[1] – 16 May, 1918
Succeeded by
George D. Williams
Preceded by
Francis G. C. Coates
Captain of H.M.S. Lobelia
22 May, 1918 – Jun, 1918
Succeeded by
Percival S. Ram
Preceded by
Herbert H. J. F. Teale
Captain of H.M.S. Silene
30 Aug, 1918[2] – 7 Feb, 1919
Succeeded by
Arthur C. Petherick
Preceded by
Arthur C. Petherick
Captain of H.M.S. Buttercup
7 Feb, 1919[3] – 6 Jun, 1919
Succeeded by
Dunslay H. Casson
Preceded by
Dunslay H. Casson
Captain of H.M.S. Bagshot
6 Jun, 1919[4] – 7 Mar, 1920
Succeeded by
William A. R. Cartwright
Preceded by
Percy N.Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. Melton
21 Jul, 1921 – Oct, 1921
Succeeded by
Harold R. W. Turnor
Preceded by
James A. Chalmers
Captain of H.M.S. Chelmsford
17 Oct, 1922 – 12 Feb, 1923
Succeeded by
William O. Scrymgeour-Wedderburn
Preceded by
Harold R. W. Turnor
Captain of H.M.S. Melton
10 Jul, 1924 – 21 Aug, 1924
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John S. Prescott-Roberts
Captain of H.M.S. Simoom
Nov, 1927 – 15 Mar, 1928
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ivan B. Colvin
Captain of H.M.S. Venetia
15 Mar, 1928 – Apr, 1928
Succeeded by
Ivan B. Colvin
Preceded by
Ivan B. Colvin
Captain of H.M.S. Venturous
Apr, 1928 – 20 Jul, 1928
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 395n.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 907.
  3. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 746.
  4. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 736.