Richard Ivor Pulleyne

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Lieutenant Richard Ivor Pulleyne, D.S.O., D.S.C., R.N. (26 February, 1889 – 20 July, 1918) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Leeds, Pulleyne entered the Royal Navy ranked 42nd (tied) in order of merit of sixty cadets accepted in the May 1904 intake term at H.M.S. Britannia.[1]

Pulleyne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1911.[2]

Pulleyne was junior officer and sole survivor aboard B 2 when she sank after being rammed by S.S. Amerika on 4 October, 1912. He was fortunate in that he was on the conning tower at the time of the collision.[3]

Pulleyne was appointed to Rosario for service aboard C 38 on 4 March, 1913, second in command to Lt. Rowland K. C. Pope.[4]

He was in command of the submarine E 34 on 10 May, 1918 when she sank UB 16 at 52deg 6' N., 2deg 1' E..[5] He would be awarded a D.S.O. for this feat, gazetted 7 August, 1918.

Pulleyne was not given the chance to bask in his success, as he lost his life when E 34 was lost with all hands on 20 July, 1918.[6] His body washed ashore at Vlieland on 30 July, 1918 and was buried with full military honours.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Robert N. Stopford
Captain of H.M.S. A 8
6 May, 1915 – Feb, 1916
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John G. Bower
Captain of H.M.S. C 6
Feb, 1916 – 6 Jan, 1917
Succeeded by
Maurice W. Bailward
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. E 34
6 Jan, 1917 – c. 20 Jul, 1918[7]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. "Cadetships in the Royal Navy." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 21, 1904; pg. 12; Issue 37374.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1917). p. 69m.
  3. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 23.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 377a.
  5. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 1, Part 1. p. 13.
  6. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. pp. 516-7.
  7. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 516. Date is approximate.