Lancelot Ernest Holland

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Vice-Admiral Lancelot Ernest Holland, C.B., Royal Navy (13 September, 1887 – 24 May, 1941) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Holland was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 November, 1907.[1]

Holland was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 November, 1915.[2]

Holland was appointed to H.M.S. Hindustan to serve as her gunnery lieutenant-commander in August, 1913.

Great War

Holland remained as gunnery officer in Hindustan until 7 April, 1916. He then served in the Experimental Department at H.M.S. Excellent, being given command of her tender, Kite on 17 May, 1916.[3]

Holland continued with his experimental duties until being appointed as Gunnery Officer in Royal Oak on 29 May, 1918.[4]

Interbellum

Holland held the gunnery duties in Royal Oak until 1n August, 1920, being promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1919.[5]

Holland was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1926.[6]

Holland was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 11 January, 1938.[7]

World War II

Being superseded as second in command of Third Battle Squadron by Stuart Sumner Bonham-Carter at the turn of the year, Holland was appointed to President, additional, to act as Adviser on Home Operations on 4 January, 1940. He was next appointed to Rodney, additional, as Chief of Staff to Commander in Chief, Home Fleet King on 10 June, 1940. Holland was re-appointed in this capacity upon his promotion to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 August, 1940.[8]

Holland was killed when H.M.S. Hood blew up on 24 May, 1941 in action against the battleship Bismarck. He was posthumously mentioned in despatches "for mastery and skill in action against the German battleship Bismarck."[9]

See Also

  • "Vice-Admiral L. E. Holland" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 31 May, 1941. Issue 48940, col E, pg. 6.
  • Wikipedia
  • Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald F. P. Maton
Captain of H.M.S. Kite
17 May, 1916[10][11] – 29 May, 1918[12]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Francis T. B. Tower
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
16 May, 1929[13] – 31 Dec, 1929[14]
Succeeded by
Percy R. P. Percival
Preceded by
Aubrey Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Hawkins
31 Dec, 1929[15] – 28 May, 1931[16]
Succeeded by
Thomas S. V. Phillips
Preceded by
Stephen D. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Revenge
16 Oct, 1934[17] – 30 Dec, 1935[18]
Succeeded by
Cecil C. A. Allen
Preceded by
Geoffrey Layton
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth
early 1936[Inference] – 11 Aug, 1937[Inference]
Succeeded by
William E. C. Tait
Preceded by
Charles J. C. Little
Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Second Battle Squadron
10 Jan, 1939[19] – 25 Aug, 1939[20]
Succeeded by
Henry E. C. Blagrove
Preceded by
Sir Roger R. C. Backhouse
Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Third Battle Squadron
25 Aug, 1939[21] – 29 Dec, 1939[22]
Succeeded by
Stuart S. Bonham-Carter
Preceded by
William J. Whitworth
as Rear-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
7 May, 1941[23] – 24 May, 1941[24]
Succeeded by
Command Abolished
 

Footnotes

  1. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  2. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  3. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  4. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  5. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  6. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  7. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  8. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  9. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  10. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  11. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393r.
  12. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  13. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  14. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  15. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  16. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  17. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  18. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  19. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  20. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  21. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  22. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  23. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.
  24. Holland Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/51/23. f. 23.