Reginald Anstey Yonge

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Commander (retired) Reginald Anstey Yonge (1 May, 1885 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Queenstown, Ireland, the son of a retired Royal Navy Commander, R. Yonge. He gained three and half months time on passing out of Britannia on 15 May, 1901.

He injured his knee in October 1902 while serving in Grafton, causing him to be discharged as invalid for examination at Plymouth Hospital. It is not clear how long it took him to recover.

Yonge was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1907.[1]

He commanded the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 85 in 1909. At the end of the year, he had an appendectomy. He went on to receive appointments in Shannon and Lancaster, but the second ended with him being invalided with defective vision, arriving home in Doris on 22 September, 1910. On 6 October, Yonge was retired as unfit for service after being surveyed at Plymouth Hospital.[2]

In early 1911, he went to Halifax, Nova Scotia and started working at the Royal Naval College. He left the school at his own request on 4 February, 1912.

Great War

On 21 October, 1914, Yonge requested employment at home, but not afloat. This request notwithstanding, he was appointed to Hecla for Paragon, as 1st Lieutenant on 14 November, 1914. He was there but a short time, as he was incapacitated by sea-sickness such that he had to be sent back to Hecla on 22 February. Five days later, he was appointed to Victory to await his next appointment. This proved to be to Royal Naval College, Dartmouth on 11 March, 1915. Yonge was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1915.[3]

On 30 August, 1917, he was again being afflicted by acute sea-sickness. The Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth relieved him of command in Llewellyn.[4]

Post-War

In 1920, Yonge twice asked for a destroyer command, but the Admiralty refused on account of his record of sea-sickness. Yet somehow, Yonge was appointed in command of the destroyer Turbulent on 21 June, 1920.

After appointments as Divisional Officer, Liverpool Area and managing ships for disposal as well as some unpaid time, Yonge went to Egmont to be Flag Lieutenant for Rear Admiral Luce. He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 14 January, 1927.[5]

He married Eileen Grace Margaret Allan on 7 May, 1929 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bromley, Kent.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward C. Watson
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 54
Captain of H.M. T.B. 054
1 Feb, 1908[6][7] – 4 Mar, 1909[8]
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Y. Dane
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 054
Preceded by
Herbert I. N. Lyon
Captain of H.M. T.B. 85
4 Mar, 1909[9][10] – 15 Dec, 1909[11]
Succeeded by
Reginald V. Holt
Preceded by
William A. C. Salmond
Captain of H.M.S. Llewellyn
3 May, 1917[12] – 1 Sep, 1917[13]
Succeeded by
Charles L. Evan-Thomas
Preceded by
Hamilton E. Snepp
Captain of H.M.S. Turbulent
21 Jun, 1920[14][15] – 22 Jun, 1921[16]
Succeeded by
Ernald G. H. Master

Footnotes

  1. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  2. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  3. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  4. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  5. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  6. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 399.
  8. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  9. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 401a.
  11. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  12. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  13. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  14. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.
  15. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 878.
  16. Yonge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269. f. ?.