Henry Evelyn Charles Blagrove

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Rear-Admiral Henry Evelyn Charles Blagrove (26 April, 1887 – 14 October, 1939) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Henry Blagrove was born in Barton Fields, Canterbury, son of Colonel Blagrove, C.B..[1]

Blagrove was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1909.[2]

Appointed to Tiger on 22 August, 1914, Blagrove would serve as Officer of the Turret in "B" turret through much of the war, including the Battle of Jutland.

Blagrove was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1917 and appointed to Queen Elizabeth from Tiger on 24 November. He would finished out the war there.[3]

Post-War

Blagrove was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1919.[4]

On 20 January 1923, he was appointed to the light cruiser Cardiff, probably as executive officer. He enjoyed a stint during this appointment as acting Captain of Ceres, but the record is not altogether crystalline. Upon being relieved in Cardiff on 20 February, 1925, he sought passage on S.S. Vienna to make his return to England.[5]

Blagrove was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1927.[6]

In January 1929, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Cardiff.[7]

He was appointed in command of the cruiser Norfolk on her recommissioning. He was superseded in her in January, 1935.[8]

In 1938 or 1939, Blagrove was blamed for grounding Sussex and damaging her propellers.[9]

Blagrove was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 10 January, 1939.[10]

World War II

Blagrove was appointed to be Admiral Superintendent of Chatham Royal Dockyard on 2 October, 1939, but this was cancelled following his death aboard Royal Oak when she was torpedoed and sunk in Scapa Flow on 14 October, 1939. Clinton Francis Samuel Danby's appointment as Admiral Superintendent at Chatham was extended fully three years on account of Blagrove's demise.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur L. Snagge
Captain of H.M.S. Ceres
10 Feb, 1924[12] – 21 Feb, 1924[13]
Succeeded by
Nicholas E. Archdale
Preceded by
Cecil Charles Brittain Vacher
Captain of H.M.S. Constance
10 Nov, 1927[14] – Dec, 1927[15]
Succeeded by
Dudley B. N. North
Preceded by
Vernon S. Butler
Captain of H.M.S. Cardiff
8 Jan, 1929[16] – Apr, 1931[17]
Succeeded by
Harold G. C. Franklin
Preceded by
James F. Somerville
Captain of H.M.S. Norfolk
Oct, 1932[18] – Jan, 1935[19]
Succeeded by
Henry C. Bovell
Preceded by
Henry C. Bovell
Captain of H.M.S. Norfolk
? – Jan, 1935
Succeeded by
Louis H. K. Hamilton
Preceded by
Stuart S. Bonham-Carter
Captain of H.M.S. Sussex
12 Apr, 1937[20] – 1939[21]
Succeeded by
Alexander R. Hammick
Preceded by
Lancelot E. Holland
Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Second Battle Squadron
25 Aug, 1939[22] – 2 Oct, 1939[23]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 8.
  3. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  4. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  5. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  6. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  7. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  8. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  9. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  10. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  11. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  12. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  13. Inferred from successor's appointment. Archdale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/90. f. 187.
  14. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  15. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  16. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  17. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  18. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  19. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  20. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  21. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  22. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.
  23. Blagrove Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51. f. 47.