James Alexander Pollard Blackburn

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Commander (retired) James Alexander Pollard Blackburn, D.S.C., (12 August, 1889 – ) was an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve and in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Blackburn entered the Royal Navy from the Royal Naval Reserve.

Blackburn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 20 July, 1915.

Blackburn served in the G 13 from 27 September 1916 to 24 May, 1918.

Post-War

On 28 December, 1918, Blackburn was temporarily appointed in command of the surrendered German cruiser submarine Template:DE-U155, the former cargo submarine Deutschland. He left her when he was appointed to command E 33 on 4 April, 1919.

Blackburn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 20 July, 1923.

Blackburn was promoted to the rank of Commander on 20 August, 1933.

World War II

After taking a course on Armed Merchant Cruisers, Blackburn was appointed to the armed cruiser Jervis Bay for gunnery dities, vice Round, on 27 November, 1939. He was appointed in command of Jervis Bay, temporarily vice Harris, on 12 February, 1940. He was superseded in this role on 4 October, 1940.

Blackburn was appointed in command of the armed cruiser Voltaire vice Bate on 21 September, 1940. He survived her sinking on 4 April, 1941 and was taken prisoner of war.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frederick H. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. C 24
3 Jul, 1918 – 28 Dec, 1918
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Victor E. Ward
Captain of H.M.S. E 33
4 Apr, 1919 – 15 May, 1919
Succeeded by
James A. P. Blackburn
Preceded by
James A. P. Blackburn
Captain of H.M.S. E 33
19 Apr, 1920[1] – 21 Jun, 1921
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Theodore F. A. Voysey
Captain of H.M.S. L 6
21 Jun, 1921 – 19 Nov, 1921
Succeeded by
Thomas Parkinson
Preceded by
Edward G. Stanley
Captain of H.M.S. L 56
19 Nov, 1921[2] – 20 Sep, 1923
Succeeded by
John G. Sutton
Preceded by
Edward C. Thornton
Captain of H.M.S. Carstairs
25 Nov, 1925[3] – 25 Nov, 1927
Succeeded by
Walter F. Smithwick
Preceded by
Arthur G. Harris
Captain of H.M.S. Jervis Bay
12 Feb, 1940 – 4 Oct, 1940
Succeeded by
Edward S. F. Fegen
Preceded by
Claude L. Bate
Captain of H.M.S. Voltaire
21 Sep, 1940 – 4 Apr, 1941
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 764.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 777.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 223.