Kenneth James Duff-Dunbar

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Lieutenant-Commander Kenneth James Duff-Dunbar, D.S.O., (16 October, 1886 – 22 August, 1916) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Duff-Dunbar was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 28 February, 1907.[1]

Upon being superseded in command of C 31 by George Pilkington on 14 November, 1912, Duff-Dunbar was appointed to the battlecruiser Princess Royal and remained in her until being appointed to Maidstone to continue his submarine service on 20 April, 1915, having been married on 10 February 1915 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 28 February, 1915.[2]

Duff-Dunbar was appointed to the D 4, temporarily, on 27 August, 1915. On 5 October he was appointed back to Maidstone "for S/M's".[3]

Duff-Dunbar was appointed in command of E 16 on 16 November, 1915. He was awarded the D.S.O. "for attacking and torpedoing a German auxiliary ship protected by a screen of a torpedo boat, a small sloop, 4 trawlers, several tugs & small craft, on 22/12/15. The attack was very ably carried out & Lt. Cdr Duff-Dunbar showed great determination in going in and firing a 2nd torpedo, tho' he had been [illegible] by [illeg] screening vessels 50 yards away when firing the first torpedo." His D.S.O. was gazetted on 11 January, 1916.[4]

On 5 July, 1916 he was sick with Rubella, but was declared fit again on the 27th. This proved unfortunate for him, as on 22 August, 1916 E 16 struck a mine and sank, killing all on board.[5][6]

He was survived by his wife Katharine Isabel Bennett Daw.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Martin E. Nasmith
Captain of H.M.S. A 4
1 Nov, 1909[8][9] – 1 Aug, 1910[10]
Succeeded by
Ernald G. H. Master
Preceded by
Thomas C. B. Harbottle
Captain of H.M.S. C 31
1 Aug, 1910[11] – 14 Nov, 1912[12]
Succeeded by
George Pilkington
Preceded by
Cecil P. Talbot
Captain of H.M.S. E 16
16 Nov, 1915[13] – 22 Aug, 1916[14][15]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 124.
  2. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  3. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  4. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  5. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. pp. 267-8.
  6. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  7. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  8. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  9. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 344.
  10. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  11. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  12. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  13. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  14. Duff-Dunbar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/190. f. 269.
  15. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 267.