Reginald Charles Prothero

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Vice-Admiral Reginald Charles Prothero, C.B., M.V.O., Royal Navy, Retired (15 June, 1849 – 26 May, 1927) was an officer of the Royal Navy noted for his fair but fiery manner.

His much more even-tempered cousin, Arthur William Edward Prothero, also became a flag officer. The contrast between these two contemporaries was stark enough to earn Reginald the sobriquet of "Prothero the Bad".[1]

Early Life & Career

Prothero became a Naval Cadet in December 1862 and made Sub-Lieutenant on 22 July, 1870. Prothero was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 8 August, 1874.[2] Prothero was appointed back to Magpie in 1881, but was sent to Tyne, then Duke of Wellington and ultimately to Vernon before the end of the year. Prothero was appointed to the turret ship Devastation on 7 January 1889.

Prothero was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1889.[3]

On 7 January, 1890, Prothero was appointed to the Edinburgh, based in the Mediterranean.[4] She paid off on 6 October, 1890.

On 11 June, 1891, he was appointed to the masted turret ship Neptune,[5] and then to the Nile on 30 June.[6] This service, too, was in the Mediterranean.

Prothero was permitted fourteen days leave from 29 October 1894 and permitted by the Commander-in-Chief to proceed home, to be appointed to Template:UK-2Achilles upon his return. In December, Captain Hammett wrote that Prothero was "one of the best executive officers in H.M. Navy."[7]

Captain

Prothero was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1895.[8]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Revenge in December 1896.

He was appointed to command the second class protected cruiser Doris on 27 April, 1898.[9]

On 6 November, 1900, for his services in South Africa, Prothero 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.).[10]

He served as captain of Implacable from October 1902 through May 1904.

On the occasion of the King's visit to Malta Prothero was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) on 27 April, 1903.[11]

Prothero was placed on the Retired List on account of age and in accordance with the provisions of Order in Council of 22 February, 1870 on 15 June, 1904.[12][13] On 20 February, 1906, he was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on the Retired List,[14] and to Vice-Admiral on 22 July, 1910.[15]

Bibliography

  • "Vice-Admiral R. C. Prothero" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 28 May, 1927. Issue 44593, col D, p. 14.
  • Lowis, Commander Geoffrey (1959). Fabulous Admirals and Some Naval Fragments: Being a Brief Account of some of the Froth on those Characters who Enlivened the Royal Navy a Generation or Two Ago. London: Putnam.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Spey
15 Jul, 1886[16] – 4 Sep, 1886[17]
Succeeded by
John Morrison
Preceded by
A. Berkeley Milne
Captain of H.M.S. Trafalgar
14 Apr, 1896[18] – Dec, 1896[Citation needed]
Succeeded by
Harry T. Grenfell
Preceded by
Harry T. Grenfell
Captain of H.M.S. Revenge
Dec, 1896[Citation needed] – 7 Jan, 1898[19]
Succeeded by
Charles J. Briggs
Preceded by
George Le C. Egerton
Captain of H.M.S. Doris
27 Apr, 1898[20] – 1901[21]
Succeeded by
William L. Grant
Preceded by
H.S.H. Prince Louis of Battenberg
Captain of H.M.S. Implacable
27 Oct, 1902[22] – 12 May, 1904[23]
Succeeded by
Colin R. Keppel

Footnotes

  1. Fabulous Admirals. p. ?..
  2. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1063.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25969. p. 4738. 30 August, 1889.
  4. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 8 January, 1890. Issue 32903, col C, p. 6.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 12 June, 1891. Issue 33349, col C, p. 8.
  6. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 16 June, 1891. Issue 33352, col B, p. 11.
  7. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1064.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 26585. p. 7. 1 January, 1895.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 26 April, 1898. Issue 35500, col B, p. 14.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 27244. p. 6766. 6 November, 1900.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 27560. p. 3525. 2 June, 1903.
  12. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1064.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 27686. p. 3860. 17 June, 1904.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 27890. p. 1436. 27 February, 1906.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 28400. p. 5396. 26 July, 1910.
  16. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1063.
  17. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1063.
  18. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1063.
  19. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1063.
  20. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 26 April, 1898. Issue 35500, col B, p. 14.
  21. Month and day illegible. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1063.
  22. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1064.
  23. Prothero Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1064.