Lancelot Vivian Donne

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Captain (retired) Lancelot Vivian Donne, D.S.C.* (23 January, 1895 – 11 May, 1952) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Donne was the son of a tea merchant.

Donne was made a Midshipman on 15 September, 1912[1] and took up his first appointment in the battleship Britannia, in which he served until 11 May, 1915 when he was appointed to the flotilla leader Tipperary.

On 14 February 1916, he was sent to Dolphin for a course in submarines. He emerged on 1 April and was sent to Thames for service in submarines. By 1 August, he was in C 3.

Donne was appointed to D 7 on 9 October 1916 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 November, 1916, subsequently adjusted to 30 June, 1916.

He was appointed to E 42 on 22 December 1917 and was her first officer when she torpedoed the German Moltke, for which he received much of the credit. He attended the Periscope Course at Dolphin from 27 June to 15 July 1918, when he was appointed in command of C 18, in which he would serve the remainder of the war.

Donne was appointed in command of the submarine H 23 on 3 September, 1920.[2]

Donne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1924.

Donne was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1929.

World War II

Donne was placed on the Retired List on account of age at the rank of Captain dated 23 January, 1945.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frank P. Busbridge
Captain of H.M.S. C 18
15 Jul, 1918[3] – 25 Nov, 1918[4]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Douglas R. Attwood
Captain of H.M.S. G 5
25 Nov, 1918[5] – 14 Sep, 1920[6]
Succeeded by
Robert N. Stopford
Preceded by
John G. H. Steedman
Captain of H.M.S. H 23
3 Sep, 1920[7] – 1 Sep, 1921
Succeeded by
Aubrey C. Newbold
Preceded by
Gerald A. Garnons-Williams
Captain of H.M.S. H 32
23 Sep, 1922[8] – 1923[9]
Succeeded by
Alistair S. Cumming
Preceded by
Thomas E. Hodge
Captain of H.M.S. Cheltenham
10 Jul, 1924[10] – 25 Aug, 1924[11]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Frederick R. M. Johnson
Captain of H.M.S. Ladybird
27 Dec, 1926[12] – Feb, 1928
Succeeded by
Trevor O. C. Plowden
Preceded by
Henry L. I. Kirkpatrick
Captain of H.M.S. Weston
12 Nov, 1934[13] – 28 Jul, 1935[14]
Succeeded by
John H. Bowen
Preceded by
Alfred W. Sprott
Captain of H.M.S. Calypso
22 Feb, 1936[15] – 22 Jul, 1936[16]
Succeeded by
Henry T. W. Pawsey
Preceded by
Wilfrid R. Patterson
Captain of H.M.S. Hawkins
10 May, 1937[17] – 23 May, 1937[18]
Succeeded by
Bernard A. W. Warburton-Lee
Preceded by
Edmund W. Anstice
Captain of H.M.S. Carlisle
27 Jul, 1937[19] – 6 Oct, 1937[20]
Succeeded by
Gerald M. B. Langley
Preceded by
Arthur G. Skipwith
Captain of H.M.S. Hermes
6 Oct, 1937[21] – 26 Jan, 1938[22]
Succeeded by
FitzRoy E. P. Hutton
Preceded by
Wilfred E. Warner
Captain of H.M.S. Diomede
mid 1938[23] – 4 Aug, 1939[24]
Succeeded by
Edward B. C. Dicken

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 22.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 782a.
  3. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. ?.
  4. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. ?.
  5. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. 88.
  6. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. 88.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 782a.
  8. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  9. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  10. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  11. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 251.
  13. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  14. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  15. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  16. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  17. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  18. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  19. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  20. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  21. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  22. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  23. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.
  24. Donne Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/88. f. 88.