Laurence Reynolds Palmer

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Captain (retired) Laurence Reynolds Palmer, D.S.O. (3 May, 1885 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Palmer was born in Bengal, India in 1885 and gained two months time on passing out of Britannia on 15 September, 1901. His first appointments would be in the battleships Jupiter, Russell and finally the newly commissioned Queen. After ten months in the second class protected cruiser Leander and in King Edward VII, he was appointed to the destroyer Nith on 4 March, 1907.[1]

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1907, Palmer was reappointed in Nith until receiving his first command appointment in T.B. 72 on 18 September, 1907. This stint would last two years and a half years.[2]

Palmer was appointed in command of the destroyer Bonetta on 3 November, 1912.[3]

Palmer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1915.[4]

He was in command of the destroyer Defender at the Battle of Jutland, operating with the First Destroyer Flotilla.[5]

On 23 November, 1917, Palmer was appointed in command of the destroyer Violent. He would finish out the war in her.[6]

Post-War

Palmer was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1919, and was discharged from Violent that day for a new appointment to Egmont as her Executive Officer, and to provide disciplinary duties. He left to be sent to Plymouth Hospital for rheumatic fever. He would not be found fit again for a considerable time.[7]

Palmer was promoted to the rank of Captain and place on the Retired List at his own request on 10 May, 1931.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M. T.B. 72
11 Sep, 1907[9] – 5 Apr, 1910[10]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey T. Wright
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 072
Preceded by
James F. Houstoun
Captain of H.M.S. Crane
8 Jan, 1912[11] – Jul, 1912[12]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Onslow
Preceded by
Arthur K. Gregory
Captain of H.M.S. Ettrick
Jul, 1912[13][14] – Aug, 1912[15]
Succeeded by
Alexander G. Fleming
Preceded by
Wilfrid W. Hunt
Captain of H.M.S. Fawn
31 Aug, 1912[16] – 3 Nov, 1912[17]
Succeeded by
Herbert E. W. C. Whyte
Preceded by
Richard W. U. Bayly
Captain of H.M.S. Bonetta
3 Nov, 1912[18] – 3 Dec, 1913[19]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Tippet
Preceded by
Henry de B. Tupper
Captain of H.M.S. Seal
3 Dec, 1913[20] – 3 Mar, 1914[21]
Succeeded by
Charles H. N. James
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Obdurate
8 Mar, 1916[22] – 4 Apr, 1916[23]
Succeeded by
Cecil H. H. Sams
Preceded by
Cecil H. H. Sams
Captain of H.M.S. Defender
4 Apr, 1916[24] – 15 Oct, 1916[25]
Succeeded by
Walter O. H. Lambert
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Norseman
15 Oct, 1916[26][27] – 23 Nov, 1917[28]
Succeeded by
Patrick Butter
Preceded by
Ralph W. Wilkinson
Captain of H.M.S. Violent
23 Nov, 1917[29][30] – 6 Sep, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Preceded by
Kenneth F. Sworder
Captain of H.M.S. Sharpshooter
5 Feb, 1922[32] – 13 Jul, 1922[33]
Succeeded by
Valentine Searles-Wood
Preceded by
Charles D. Burke
Captain of H.M.S. Centaur
20 Feb, 1925[34]c. Mar, 1925[35]
Succeeded by
Colin K. MacLean
Preceded by
Franklin Ratsey
Captain of H.M.S. Shikari
8 Jun, 1927[36] – 26 Nov, 1928[37]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey S. Holden

Footnotes

  1. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  2. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 287.
  4. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  5. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 46.
  6. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  7. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  8. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  9. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  10. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  11. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  12. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  13. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  14. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 309.
  15. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  16. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  17. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  18. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  19. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  20. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  21. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  22. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  23. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  24. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  25. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  26. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395z.
  28. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  29. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 936.
  30. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  31. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  32. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  33. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  34. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  35. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  36. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.
  37. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 190.