John Donald Kelly

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Admiral of the Fleet SIR John Donald Kelly, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., Royal Navy (13 July, 1871 – 4 November, 1936) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1893.[1]

Kelly was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1904.[2]

Captain

Kelly was appointed to Majestic on 4 February, 1911, for command of H.M.S. Empress of India.

On the occasion of the coronation of King George V, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, dated 22 June.[3] He was superseded on 18 July and on 15 August was granted permission to study French in his own time. After a period of half pay, he was appointed to President on 18 August, 1912, for a Signal Course, and on 9 September for the War Course at the Royal Naval War College, where he obtained a First Class and placed eighth out of eight captains in order of merit. He was adjudged to be "V.G. & attentive." In October he was classed as an Acting Interpreter in French. Having completed the War Course on 20 December, on 1 January, 1913, he was appointed to Victory as Superintendent of Physical Training at the Royal Naval Barracks. On 21 February his services were placed at the disposal of the 1913 Royal Naval and Military Tournament as Assistant Director of Contracts, to whom he was lent 21 May to 7 June.

On 3 January, 1914, he was admitted to Haslar Royal Naval Hospital with a hernia, and remained in hospital for two months. He was given command of the Hermione in the Fourth Cruiser Squadron on 7 April 1914.[4] On 13 May he was ordered home and returned to Britain on the liner Mauretania. Kelly was appointed in command of the light cruiser Dublin on 6 July, 1914.[5] and assumed command on 21 July.[Citation needed]

Great War

In September 1916, Kelly was appointed in command of the light cruiser Weymouth.[6]

Kelly was appointed command of Princess Royal on 8 July, 1917, temporarily handing command to Sidney R. Drury-Lowe for just shy of three months between 9 October and 30 December, while Kelly received treatment for a hernia.[7][8]

Post-War

Kelly was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1919.[9] On 1 April he became sole Director of Operations upon the termination of Captain Coode's being terminated without relief.[10]

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 21 November, 1921, vice Glossop.[11]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 25 October, 1926, vice Fergusson.[12]

On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 3 June, 1929.[13]

Kelly was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 12 December, 1930, vice Alexander-Sinclair.[14]

On 12 July, 1936, Kelly was specially promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.[15]

See Also

  • Wikipedia
  • "Admiral of the Fleet Sir J. D. Kelly" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 5 November, 1936. Issue 47524, col B, p. 16.
  • Lowis, Commander Geoffrey (1959). Fabulous Admirals and Some Naval Fragments: Being a Brief Account of some of the Froth on those Characters who Enlivened the Royal Navy a Generation or Two Ago. London: Putnam.
  • Papers in the possession of the National Maritime Museum.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George E. S. Petch
Captain of H.M.S. Empress of India
4 Feb, 1911[16][17] – 18 Jul, 1911[18]
Succeeded by
Hector L. Watts-Jones
Preceded by
Henry M. Doughty
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
7 Apr, 1914[19][20] – Jun, 1914[21]
Succeeded by
Henry F. Aplin
Preceded by
Henry Blackett
Captain of H.M.S. Dublin
6 Jul, 1914[22][23] – 8 Feb, 1916[24]
Succeeded by
Albert C. Scott
Preceded by
Edwin V. Underhill
Captain of H.M.S. Devonshire
3 Mar, 1916[25] – 1 Sep, 1916[26]
Succeeded by
Henry B. T. Somerville
Preceded by
Denis B. Crampton
Captain of H.M.S. Weymouth
1 Sep, 1916[27][28] – Jun, 1917[29]
Succeeded by
George N. Tomlin
Preceded by
Walter H. Cowan
Captain of H.M.S. Princess Royal
Jun, 1917[30] – 1 Sep, 1917[31]
Succeeded by
Sidney R. Drury-Lowe
Preceded by
Sidney R. Drury-Lowe
Captain of H.M.S. Princess Royal
30 Dec, 1917[32]
Succeeded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Preceded by
A. Dudley P. R. Pound
Director of Operations Division (Home)
15 Jul, 1919[33][34] – 1 Apr, 1920[35]
Succeeded by
Operations Division
Preceded by
separate Home and Foreign Divisions
Director of Operations Division
1 Apr, 1920[36][37] – 15 Feb, 1922[38]
Succeeded by
Henry W. Parker
Preceded by
Richard Webb
Rear-Admiral in the Fourth Battle Squadron
27 Jul, 1922[39] – Aug, 1923[40]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. R. Watson
Preceded by
The Hon. Algernon D. E. H. Boyle
Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport
1 Apr, 1924[41] – 30 Apr, 1927[42]
Succeeded by
William Fisher
Preceded by
Michael H. Hodges
Vice-Admiral Commanding, First Battle Squadron
30 Apr, 1927[43] – 26 Apr, 1929[44]
Succeeded by
W. A. Howard Kelly
Preceded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Admiral Commanding Reserves
1 Aug, 1929[45] – 24 Sep, 1931[46]
Succeeded by
Henry W. Parker
Preceded by
Sir Michael H. Hodges
Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet
6 Oct, 1931[47][48] – 13 Sep, 1933[49]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Sir Arthur K. Waistell
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth Station
17 Jan, 1934[50][51]
Succeeded by
Sir William W. Fisher

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26471. p. 7581. 29 December, 1893.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27691. p. 4182. 1 July, 1904.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28505. p. 4596. 19 June, 1911.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 322d.
  5. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  8. Drury-Lowe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 214.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 106. 1 January, 1919.
  10. "Office Acquaint. No. 71." The National Archives. ADM 116/1803.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 32540. p. 9890. 6 December, 1921.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 33221. p. 7406. 16 November, 1926.
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33501. p. 3667. 3 June, 1929.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 33670. p. 8076. 16 December, 1930.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 34308. p. 4742. 24 July, 1936.
  16. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 308.
  18. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 322d.
  20. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  21. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  22. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393n.
  24. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  25. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  26. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  27. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 399i.
  28. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  29. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  30. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  31. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  32. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  33. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 122.
  34. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  35. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  36. "Office Acquaint. No. 71." 1 April, 1920. The National Archives. ADM 116/1803.
  37. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  38. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 166.
  39. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  40. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  41. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  42. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  43. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  44. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  45. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  46. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  47. "Naval, Military, and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 6 October, 1931. Issue 45946, col D, p. 6.
  48. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  49. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  50. "Portsmouth Command Change" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 17 June, 1933. Issue 46473, col F, p. 12.
  51. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.