John Cronyn Tovey

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Admiral of the Fleet John Cronyn Tovey, First Baron Tovey, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., D.C.L., (17 March, 1885 – 12 January, 1971) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1906.[1]

Lieutenant (G) Tovey was appointed to the scout cruiser Amphion on 2 April, 1913.[2]

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1914.[3]

Tovey commanded Onslow at the Battle of Jutland, as a unit of the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla, screening the First Battle Cruiser Squadron until being detached with Moresby to cover seaplane carrier Engadine as her seaplane scouted the enemy cruiser forces. After their services were no longer required, they quit Engadine and joined destroyers accompanying the Fifth Battle Squadron. The destroyer was disabled by shellfire after firing a torpedo, but survived the battle, making Aberdeen on June 2 under tow with only partial engine function.

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1916.[4]

Tovey was appointed in command of Ursa in October, 1917.[5]

He was appointed in command of Wolfhound in April, 1918.[6]

Post-war

Tovey was appointed in command of Seawolf in August, 1922.[7]

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1923.[8]

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 27 August, 1935.[9]

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 3 May, 1939.[10]

World War II

Tovey was awarded the K.B.E. "for distinguished services in the masterly and determined action in which the German Battleship Bismarck was destroyed.".[11]

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 30 October, 1942.[12]

Tovey was promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet on 27 October, 1943.[13]

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John C. Hodgson
Captain of H.M.S. Jackal
6 Jan, 1915[14][15] – 7 May, 1916[16]
Succeeded by
Alban T. B. Curteis
Preceded by
Alban T. B. Curteis
Captain of H.M.S. Onslow
7 May, 1916[17] – Nov, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
Harold O. Joyce
Preceded by
Jack E. A. Mocatta
Captain of H.M.S. Ursa
28 Sep, 1917[19] – 2 Apr, 1918[20]
Succeeded by
Percy R. P. Percival
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Wolfhound
2 Apr, 1918[21][22] – 2 Jun, 1919[23]
Succeeded by
Evelyn C. O. Thomson
Preceded by
Charles F. R. Cowan
Captain of H.M.S. Seawolf
1 Aug, 1922[24] – 7 Jan, 1924[25]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Preceded by
Henry G. L. Oliphant
Captain of H.M.S. Saumarez
10 Jul, 1924[26] – 21 Aug, 1924[27]
Succeeded by
Douglas Faviell
Preceded by
Kenneth MacLeod
Captain of H.M.S. Bruce
31 Dec, 1924[28] – 19 Apr, 1926[29]
Succeeded by
Reginald V. Holt
Preceded by
Richard A. A. Plowden
Captain (D), Eighth Destroyer Flotilla
31 Dec, 1924[30] – 19 Apr, 1926[31]
Succeeded by
Reginald V. Holt
Preceded by
James V. Creagh
Captain (D), Ninth Destroyer Flotilla
11 May, 1925[32] – 1 Jul, 1925[33]
Succeeded by
Guy L. Coleridge
Preceded by
Richard A. A. Plowden
Captain of H.M.S. Campbell
19 Apr, 1926[34] – 10 Jan, 1927[35]
Succeeded by
Reginald V. Holt
Preceded by
Richard A. A. Plowden
Captain (D), Sixth Destroyer Flotilla
19 Apr, 1926[36] – 10 Jan, 1927[37]
Succeeded by
Arthur J. L. Murray
Preceded by
Roger M. Bellairs
Captain of H.M.S. Rodney
Apr, 1932[38] – 31 Aug, 1934[39][40]
Succeeded by
Wilfred N. Custance
Preceded by
Robert C. Davenport
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham
30 Jan, 1935[41] – 1 Jul, 1937[42]
Succeeded by
Stuart S. Bonham-Carter
Preceded by
James F. Somerville
as Vice-Admiral (D) Commanding Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean
Rear Admiral (D) Commanding Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean
Mar, 1938[43]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Geoffrey Layton
Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Station
18 Jul, 1940[44] – 23 Oct, 1940[45]
Succeeded by
Henry D. Pridham-Wippell
Preceded by
?
Vice-Admiral Commanding Light Forces, Mediterranean
18 Jul, 1940[46] – 23 Oct, 1940[47]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Sir George H. D'O. Lyon
Commander-in-Chief at the Nore
1943 – 1946
Succeeded by
Sir Harold M. Burrough

Footnotes

  1. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1914). p. 278.
  3. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  4. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  5. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  6. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  7. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  8. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  9. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  10. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  11. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  12. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  13. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395e.
  15. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  16. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  17. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  18. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  19. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398p.
  20. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  21. The Navy List. (May, 1919). p. 945.
  22. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  23. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  24. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  25. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  26. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  27. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  28. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  29. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  30. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  31. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  32. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  33. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  34. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  35. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  36. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  37. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  38. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  39. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  40. Day of month taken from Custance Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 34.
  41. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  42. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  43. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  44. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  45. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  46. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.
  47. Tovey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 131.