Reginald Percy Tanner

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Commander Reginald Percy Tanner, D.S.C. (10 April, 1904 – 22 May, 1941) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The second son of Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Tanner.

Tanner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 February, 1927.[1]

Tanner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 February, 1935.[2]

Tanner was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1940.[3]

Tanner was serving as gunnery officer in H.M.S. Gloucester when Captain Frederick R. Garside and the ship's First Officer were killed by an Italian bomb. Tanner took over command as senior surviving officer on board until he was in turn relieved by Henry A. Rowley.[4]

Tanner was apparently killed when the ship was sunk on 22 May, 1941, but his body was not found and his death and those of other officers of the ship were not declared presumed until May, 1945.[5]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frederick R. Garside
Captain of H.M.S. Gloucester
8 Jul, 1940 – 16 Jul, 1940
Succeeded by
Henry A. Rowley


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  5. "Obituary." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, May 02, 1945; pg. 7; Issue 50132.