Leonard Andrew Boyd Donaldson

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Admiral Leonard Andrew Boyd Donaldson, C.B., C.M.G. (1 August, 1875 – 28 June, 1956) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

Donaldson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1898.[1]

Donaldson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1909,[2] leaving his command of the torpedo gunboat Speedy and being appointed to Andromeda on 25 January, 1910 and then promptly to Monmouth on 12 March. He would stay in Monmouth until 10 April, 1912.[3]

Great War

Donaldson left Vernon on 12 August and was appointed to President for Special Service, as President of the Submarine Attack Committee. On 1 October he was given the Acting Rank of Captain. He was confirmed in the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1914,[4] and reappointed to President. He left the Admiralty on 4 October, 1915, and appointed to the Bonaventure on 11 Octoober, additional. On 21 October he was given command of Bonaventure as Captain (S) of the Sixth Submarine Flotilla. He was appointed to Victory on 20 June, 1916, for command of the converted German merchant ship Lucia (ex-Spreewald), and the Tenth Submarine Flotilla.

In the King's Birthday Honours of 3 June, 1918, Donaldson was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.).[5] In September he was given command of the battle cruiser New Zealand in the Second Battle Cruiser Squadron.

Post-War

He was appointed in command of the battleship Temeraire on 20 August, 1919,[6] remaining in her until at least January, 1921[7] and possibly through her decommissioning later that year.

He was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1925.[8]

Flag Rank

Donaldson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 2 March, 1926.[9]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 23 May, 1930, vice Waistell.[10] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 8 May, 1935.[11]

Donaldson's widow, Nora Caroline, died on 10 October, 1958, at 10 High Street, Fareham, Hants. She was cremated after a service at Fareham Parish Church on 24 October.[12]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral L. A. B. Donaldson" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 30 June, 1956. Issue 53571, col C, pg. 1.

Papers

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Richard Daly
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
Jun, 1906[13] – late Jun, 1906[14]
Succeeded by
Theodore E. J. Bigg
Preceded by
William R. Napier
Captain of H.M.S. Vesuvius
30 Jun, 1908[15] – 15 Jul, 1909[Inference]
Succeeded by
Edward A. D. Masterman
Preceded by
Maurice D. Evans
Captain of H.M.S. Speedy
15 Jul, 1909[16] – 1 Jan, 1910[17]
Succeeded by
Francis G. C. Coates
Preceded by
Stanley L. Willis
Captain of H.M.S. Bonaventure
21 Oct, 1915[18] – 20 Jun, 1916[19]
Succeeded by
Malcolm K. de M. Burgess
Preceded by
Stanley L. Willis
as Commander (S), Sixth Submarine Flotilla
Captain (S), Sixth Submarine Flotilla
21 Oct, 1915[20] – 20 Jun, 1916[21]
Succeeded by
Malcolm K. de M. Burgess
as Commander (S), Sixth Submarine Flotilla
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Lucia
20 Jun, 1916[22] – Sep, 1918[23]
Succeeded by
Martin E. Dunbar-Nasmith
Preceded by
?
Captain (S), Tenth Submarine Flotilla
20 Jun, 1916[24] – Sep, 1918[25]
Succeeded by
Martin E. Dunbar-Nasmith
Preceded by
Richard Webb
Captain of H.M.S. New Zealand
Sep, 1918[26] – 11 Feb, 1919[27]
Succeeded by
Oliver E. Leggett
Preceded by
Francis W. Caulfeild
Captain of H.M.S. Temeraire
20 Aug, 1919[28] – before 17 Oct, 1921[29]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Albert P. Addison
Director of Torpedoes and Mining
1 Mar, 1922[30] – 15 May, 1924[31]
Succeeded by
Brien M. Money
Preceded by
Arthur B. S. Dutton
Captain Superintendent, Pembroke Dockyard
4 Jul, 1924[32] – 31 May, 1926[33]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Bertram S. Thesiger
Admiral Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard
13 May, 1927[34] – 13 May, 1931[35]
Succeeded by
Henry K. Kitson
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26983. p. 3984. 1 July, 1898.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 28325. p. 29. 4 January, 1910.
  3. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29024. p. 6. 1 January, 1915.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30723. p. 6530. 3 June, 1918.
  6. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 18 August, 1919. Issue 42181, col C, p. 14.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 871.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33007. p. 2. 1 January, 1925.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 33139. p. 1650. 5 March, 1926.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 33608. p. 3233. 23 May, 1930.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 34159. p. 3048. 10 May, 1935.
  12. "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Thursday, 23 October, 1958. Issue 54289, col A, p. 1.
  13. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  14. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  15. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 392.
  16. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  17. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  18. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  19. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  20. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  21. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  22. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  23. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  24. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  25. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  26. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 852.
  27. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  28. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  29. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  30. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  31. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  32. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  33. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  34. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.
  35. Donaldson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 230.