John Barnes Sparks

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Captain John Barnes Sparks, C.B.E., (31 May, 1873 – 29 March, 1920) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Sparks was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 August, 1894.[1]

Sparks was gazetted in the Sirdar Despatch on the Nile Expedition as having done good service on 30 September, 1898.[2]

He was appointed in command of the gunvessel Landrail on 30 June, 1903. He was reprimanded after a Court Martial found that he had stranded her and hazarded her in 1903. He paid her off on 5 June, 1905.[3]

Sparks was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1905.[4]

Great War

Sparks was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1914.[5]

Sparks was appointed in command of the destroyer Amazon on 18 January, 1909.[6]

Sparks was appointed in command of the scout cruiser Pathfinder on 17 January, 1911.[7]

Sparks was appointed Captain (D) of the depot ship Hecla on 22 August, 1917.[8]

Sparks died at the young age of 46 of a malignant growth in his gullet which had required his relief as Captain (D), Nore Reserve.[9]

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Douglas E. R. Brownrigg
Captain of H.M.S. Violet
8 Mar, 1899[10] – 29 Apr, 1900[11]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Le Mesurier
Preceded by
Adolphus H. Williamson
Captain of H.M.S. Columbine
15 Jun, 1900[12][13] – 25 Apr, 1903[14]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. K. Hill
Preceded by
Trevylyan D. W. Napier
Captain of H.M.S. Spiteful
11 Jan, 1901[15] – 3 Jan, 1903[16]
Succeeded by
Douglas R. L. Nicholson
Preceded by
Llewellyn Griffiths
Captain of H.M.S. Skipjack
3 Jul, 1905[17][18] – 1 Jan, 1906[19]
Succeeded by
Robert W. F. Travers
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Amazon
18 Jan, 1909[20] – 17 Jan, 1911[21]
Succeeded by
Henry G. L. Oliphant
Preceded by
Arthur K. Waistell
Captain of H.M.S. Pathfinder
17 Jan, 1911[22][23] – 1 Jul, 1913[24]
Succeeded by
Francis M. Leake
Preceded by
William H. D. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Skirmisher
1 Jul, 1913[25][26] – 2 Sep, 1913[27]
Succeeded by
Francis G. St. John
Preceded by
Herbert A. Adam
Captain of H.M.S. Prince George
2 Sep, 1913[28] – 15 Dec, 1913[29]
Succeeded by
Henry F. G. Talbot
Preceded by
Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt
Captain of H.M.S. Blake
15 Dec, 1913[30][31] – 12 Oct, 1915[32]
Succeeded by
George W. McO. Campbell
Preceded by
James U. Farie
Captain (D), Second Destroyer Flotilla
12 Oct, 1915[33] – Oct, 1919[34]
Succeeded by
Colin K. MacLean
Preceded by
Percy Withers
Captain of H.M.S. Hecla
22 Aug, 1917[35] – 1 Mar, 1919[36]
Succeeded by
John B. Sparks
Preceded by
Henry L. Bethune
as Captain of H.M.S. Victorious II
Captain of H.M.S. Prince George
1 Mar, 1919[37][38] – Oct, 1919[39]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ambrose M. Peck
as Captain of the Nore Local Defence Flotilla
Captain (D), Nore Reserve Flotilla
1 Mar, 1919[40] – 30 Oct, 1919[41]
Succeeded by
John F. Grant-Dalton
Preceded by
John B. Sparks
Captain of H.M.S. Hecla
Oct, 1919[42] – 30 Oct, 1919[43]
Succeeded by
John F. Grant-Dalton

Footnotes

  1. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  2. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  3. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  4. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  5. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 276-7.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 352.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 810.
  9. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  10. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  11. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  12. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 299.
  14. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  15. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  16. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  17. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 377.
  18. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  19. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 276-7.
  21. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  22. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 352.
  23. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  24. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  25. The Navy List. (August, 1913). p. 376.
  26. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  27. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  28. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  29. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  30. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392kk.
  31. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  32. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  33. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  34. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  35. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 810.
  36. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  37. The Navy List. (July, 1919). p. 885.
  38. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  39. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  40. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  41. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  42. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.
  43. Sparks Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 341.