Lionel de Lautour Wells

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Captain (retired) SIR Lionel de Lautour Wells, C.B.E., R.N. (31 January, 1859 – 15 March, 1929) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

In July, 1871, Wells was ranked sixth in order of merit of thirty-five candidates accepted as Naval Cadets following the entrance examinations.[1]

Wells was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 11 September, 1881.[2]

Wells was promoted to the rank of Commander with seniority 30 June, 1892 as he participated in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1892 in command of Sharpshooter. In September, he would be appointed to H.M.S. Vivid, additional for special service in connection with the revision of the Signal Manual.[3]

He commanded the destroyer Banshee in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1896. When they concluded in August, he was appointed in command of the "27 knotter" H.M.S. Skate.

Wells was placed on the Retired List on account of non-service with the rank of Captain on 7 November, 1901.[4]

Great War

Wells was put to work near Gallipoli, as Senior Naval Officer, Mudros. In 1917, he was sent to New York to be Senior British Naval Officer ashore.

From June to August 1919 he worked on Rear-Admiral Halsey's committee to shape peace celebrations, and was reverted to the Retired List on 14 August, 1919.[5]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 87
22 Jul, 1890[6][7] – 27 Aug, 1890[8]
Succeeded by
William F. De Salis
Preceded by
The Hon. Alexander E. Bethell
Captain of H.M.S. Sharpshooter
21 Jul, 1892[9] – 22 Sep, 1892[10]
Succeeded by
William Ricketts
Preceded by
William Ricketts
Captain of H.M.S. Ferret
21 Dec, 1895[11] – 4 Jan, 1896[12]
Succeeded by
Philip C. Musgrave
Preceded by
Philip C. Musgrave
Captain of H.M.S. Banshee
4 Jan, 1896 – 18 Aug, 1896
Succeeded by
Ernest L. C. Muntz
Preceded by
Cecil F. Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Skate
18 Aug, 1896[13] – 7 Nov, 1896[14]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Travers
Preceded by
?
King's Harbour Master, Mudros
c. 1916[15]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jul 04, 1871; pg. 12; Issue 27106.
  2. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1389.
  3. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1389.
  4. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1383.
  5. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1383.
  6. "Naval Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 19 July, 1890. Issue 33068, col C, p. 12.
  7. Wells Service Refcord. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1389.
  8. Wells Service Refcord. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1389.
  9. Wells Service Refcord. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1389.
  10. Wells Service Refcord. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1389.
  11. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1383.
  12. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1383.
  13. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1383.
  14. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1383.
  15. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/619. f. 1383.