Richard Douglas Sandford

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Lieutenant Richard Douglas Sandford, V.C., (11 May, 1891 – 24 November, 1918) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Sandford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 October, 1913.[1]

Sandford was noted as a "most reliable range-taker" by Captain Cecil Irby Prowse of Duke of Edinburgh in December, 1913.[2]

Sandford was appointed to Dolphin for service in the submarine W 1 on 13 November, 1914.[3]

Sandford received the Victoria Cross for his role in commanding the explosives-laden submarine C 3 as a mobile demolition charge to destroy a viaduct allowing the Mole at Zeebrugge to communicate to the port.

Sandford died of typhoid at Eston Hospital, South Bank on 23 November, 1918, the day after his command, the submarine G 11 was ran aground and was lost under the command of George Fagan Bradshaw, who had replaced him.[4]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ingleby S. Jefferson
Captain of H.M.S. C 34
29 Aug, 1916[5] – Dec, 1916[6]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Guy D'Oyly-Hughes
Captain of H.M.S. C 3
23 Mar, 1918[7] – 23 Apr, 1918[8]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Walter A. C. Dickson
Captain of H.M.S. C 30
25 Aug, 1918[9] – Sep, 1918[10]
Succeeded by
Theodore F. A. Voysey
Preceded by
Charles G. N. Graham
Captain of H.M.S. G 11
12 Oct, 1918[11] – 22 Nov, 1918[12]
Succeeded by
George F. Bradshaw

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 68b.
  2. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 304.
  4. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  5. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  6. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  7. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  8. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. pp. 128, 129.
  9. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  10. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  11. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.
  12. Sandford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/78. f. 77.