Oliver North

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Lieutenant-Commander Oliver North, D.S.O., R.N. (2 February, 1892 – 27 July, 1948) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

North was the son of a manufacturer.

North was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 May, 1914.

North was in command of the submarine H 4 on the night of 23-24 May, 1918 when she sank UB 52 at 41deg 46' N., 18deg 35' E..[1]

In September 1918, the first of a recurrent series of mentions of his drinking appears in his service record, when Commodore S. S. Hall notes that his wine bill is too large.


North was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander with a seniority of 30 May, 1922.

In a Court Martial held in 1925, in which North pleaded guilty to alcohol-related charges. He was dismissed the ship, severely reprimanded and docked six months' seniority.

On 10 August 1928, North was charged at Sydenham Police Court with "being found drunk & incapable at West Hill." North was placed on the Retired List owing to non-service on 16 October, 1928.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward C. Carré
Captain of H.M.S. C 22
10 Aug, 1916 – 12 Jun, 1917
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Henry E. Smyth
Captain of H.M.S. H 4
12 Jun, 1917 – Sep, 1918
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gilbert E. Venning
Captain of H.M.S. E 44
15 Oct, 1918 – 2 Jun, 1919
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Henry B. Crane
Captain of H.M.S. H 29
28 Jun, 1920 – 2 Sep, 1921
Succeeded by
Andrew L. Besant


  1. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 1, Part 1. p. 13.