Richard Stoddart Benson

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Captain Richard Stoddart Benson, D.S.O. (8 September, 1892 – 21 January, 1940) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

In 1914 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for saving life at sea while he was a Sub-Lieutenant.

Benson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1914.

Benson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1922.

Having impressed the Admiralty with tests of the S.F. Mark VIII Inclinometer, Benson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1927.

Benson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1932.

Benson was killed along with his entire crew while in command of H.M.S. Exmouth when she was torpedoed in January, 1940.

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Geoffrey R. S. Watkins
Captain of H.M.S. Montrose
1935 – Aug, 1935
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Archer
Preceded by
Harold T. Baillie-Grohman
Captain of H.M.S. Duncan
24 Aug, 1935[1] – 30 Jul, 1937
Succeeded by
Harold Hickling
Preceded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman
Captain (D), Eighth Destroyer Flotilla
24 Aug, 1935[2] – 30 Jul, 1937[3]
Succeeded by
Harold Hickling
Preceded by
Llewellyn V. Morgan
Captain of H.M.S. Exmouth
31 Jul, 1939 – 21 Jan, 1940
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 234.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 234. Double-check this.
  3. "8th Flotilla Command" The Times (London, England), Friday, Jul 30, 1937; pg. 10; Issue 47750.