Reginald Burnard Darke

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Rear-Admiral Reginald Burnard Darke, C.B., D.S.O., RN. (22 August, 1885 – 1962) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Darke was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1907.[1]

He was appointed to the submarine C 13, additional, on 27 May, 1909. He left on 1 March, 1910 to take command of the submarine A 7. Successively, he was placed in command of B 1 on 8 August, 1910 and C 16 on 5 January, 1911. This string of undersea work was broken when he was appointed to King George V of the Second Battle Squadron on 14 December, 1912. This appointment would carry him well into the war.[2]

Great War

Darke left King George V on 1 July, 1915 when he was appointed in command of the submarine C 1.

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1915, Darke was to remain in C1 until 1 January, 1916.[3]

A year and a half in command of G 2 followed, then a year in L 1.[4]

Darke was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1918.[5]

Post-War

Darke was appointed in command of the minesweeper Ross in November, 1919. He remained in her until being superseded on 15 November, 1923.[6]

Darke was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1926.[7]

Darke took Lucia from Malta with her five "L" class submarines of Second Submarine Flotilla on 26 October, 1926, the formation was expected back in Devonport on 7 November. The boats then fell under command of Rear-Admiral (S).[8] In December, 1926, Darke was appointed in command of the light cruiser Conquest.

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 June, 1937 and placed on the Retired List under the provisions of the Order in Council of 9 March, 1914 the next day.[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Claude C. Dobson
Captain of H.M.S. A 7
1 Mar, 1910[10][11] – 8 Aug, 1910[12]
Succeeded by
Roland A. V. Durell
Preceded by
Archibald D. Cochrane
Captain of H.M.S. B 1
8 Aug, 1910[13][14] – 5 Jan, 1911[15]
Succeeded by
William R. D. Crowther
Preceded by
William J. Foster
Captain of H.M.S. C 16
5 Jan, 1911[16][17] – 4 Dec, 1912[18]
Succeeded by
Ferdinand E. B. Feilmann
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. G 2
1 Jan, 1916[19] – 8 Jun, 1917[20]
Succeeded by
Alfred M. Winser
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. L 1
8 Jun, 1917[21] – 9 Sep, 1918[22]
Succeeded by
Cromwell H. Varley
Preceded by
Noel F. Laurence
Captain of H.M.S. K 2
9 Sep, 1918[23] – 7 May, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
Victor E. Ward
Preceded by
Brownlow V. Layard
Captain of H.M.S. Ross
Nov, 1919[25] – 15 Nov, 1923[26]
Succeeded by
William R. Richardson
Preceded by
Robert B. Ramsay
Captain of H.M.S. Maidstone
1 Jan, 1924[27][28] – 31 Mar, 1926[29]
Succeeded by
Colin Cantlie
Preceded by
Robert B. Ramsay
Commander (S), Third Submarine Flotilla
1 Jan, 1924[30] – 31 Mar, 1926[31]
Succeeded by
Colin Cantlie
Preceded by
Robert B. Ramsay
Captain of H.M.S. Lucia
14 Jun, 1926[32] – 31 Dec, 1926[33]
Succeeded by
Colin Cantlie
Preceded by
Robert B. Ramsay
Captain (S), Second Submarine Flotilla
14 Jun, 1926[34] – 31 Dec, 1926[35]
Succeeded by
Colin Cantlie
Preceded by
Robert R. Turner
Captain of H.M.S. Conquest
31 Dec, 1926[36][37] – 25 Mar, 1928[38]
Succeeded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Preceded by
Robert R. Turner
Captain (S), First Submarine Flotilla
31 Dec, 1926[39] – Dec, 1928[40]
Succeeded by
George P. Thomson
Preceded by
Charles de Burgh
Captain of H.M.S. Cyclops
25 Mar, 1928[41] – 1928[42]
Succeeded by
Frederick H. Taylor
Preceded by
George H. Knowles
Captain of H.M.S. Douglas
1928[43] – Dec, 1928[44]
Succeeded by
George P. Thomson
Preceded by
Robert R. Turner
Captain of H.M.S. Dolphin
15 Jun, 1929[45] – 4 Aug, 1931[46]
Succeeded by
George P. Thomson
Preceded by
Philip E. Phillips
Captain of H.M.S. Enterprise
8 Jul, 1932[47][48] – 15 Jan, 1935[49]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Morgan

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 20.
  2. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  3. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  4. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  5. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  6. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  7. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  8. "Naval And Military." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Oct 26, 1926; pg. 11; Issue 4441.
  9. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  10. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 350.
  11. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  12. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  13. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 350.
  14. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  15. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  16. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 286.
  17. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  18. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  19. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  20. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  21. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  22. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  23. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  24. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  25. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  26. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  27. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 253.
  28. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  29. Superseded that day. Cantlie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/263. f. 278.
  30. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. Unnumbered folio.
  31. Superseded that day. Cantlie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/263. f. 278.
  32. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  33. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  34. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  35. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  36. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 227.
  37. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  38. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  39. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  40. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  41. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  42. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  43. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  44. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  45. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  46. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  47. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 237.
  48. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.
  49. Darke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/88. f. ?.