Henry Mangles Denham
Life & Career
Denham emerged from the Training Establishment in August 1914 and was appointed to the battleship Agamemnon, where he remained through 19 September, 1916. He wrote a book about his time in the ship, in action at the Dardanelles. He then served in the Beagle Class destroyer Racoon until 28 June, 1917.
Following a brief torpedo course at H.M.S. Vernon, Denham was appointed to the elderly destroyer Sylph on 8 October, 1917. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 September, 1918 and left Sylph when he was superseded on 14 December, 1918.
On 6 December, 1920, Denham was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the motor launch M.L. 8, in service on the Rhine. Although it is extremely difficult to read, he appears to have been thanked for efforts to save Leading Stoker G. Stevens from drowning in the river in 1922. Denham was superseded in command of the motor launch on 10 January, 1923.
He went to Austria to study the German language in 1924.
Denham was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 September, 1926. From 1926 through 1932, he served in a variety of appointments as an acting intepreter in German before being promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1932.
World War II
Denham was in Norway for some of the war.
He was placed on the Retired List on account of age on 9 September, 1957.
- The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 784.