Robert John Prendergast

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Admiral Sir Robert J. Prendergast, 1917.
Portrait: Francis Dodd. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1768).

Admiral SIR Robert John Prendergast, K.C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (9 July, 1864 – 14 May, 1946) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Prendergast was born on 9 July, 1864, the son of Mr. Robert Keating Prendergast. At the examination for naval cadetships, he placed twenty-sixth out of the successful batch of forty-six candidates.[1]

Prendergast was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 21 June, 1887.[2]

On 4 July, 1888, he was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 52 for manoeuvres.[3]

Prendergast was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1899.[4]

Prendergast was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1903.[5]

He was made captain of the armoured cruiser Essex in December, 1906.[6]

He was appointed as Captain of the armoured cruiser Carnarvon in January, 1908.[7]

He served as captain of Implacable from May, 1910 through November, 1911.[8]

Great War

Prendergast was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 2 November, 1914.[9] He was appointed Rear-Admiral at Scapa Flow on 7 May, 1916, with his flag in Imperieuse.[10]

Post-War

Prendergast was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1919.[11] He was appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands, dated 1 March.[12] He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 31 July, 1919, in the place of The Hon. Sir Somerset Gough-Calthorpe, promoted to the rank of Admiral. He was placed on the Retired List on 1 August.[13] On 1 January, 1920, he was appointed an ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.).[14] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 31 July, 1924.[15]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir Robert Prendergast" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 16 May, 1946. Issue 50453, col E, p. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Godfrey H. B. Mundy
Captain of H.M. T.B. 52
4 Jul, 1888[16] – 25 Aug, 1888[17]
Succeeded by
Philip J. Hodges
Preceded by
Herbert Orpen
Captain of H.M. T.B. 57
22 Jul, 1890[18] – 27 Aug, 1890[19]
Succeeded by
Clement Greatorex
Preceded by
Douglas R. S. de Chair
Captain of H.M.S. Bacchante
1 Nov, 1906[20] – 27 Nov, 1906[21]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Robert F. Boyle
Preceded by
The Hon. Robert F. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Leviathan
27 Nov, 1906[22] – 3 Dec, 1906[23]
Succeeded by
Henry H. Torlesse
Preceded by
Henry H. Torlesse
Captain of H.M.S. Aboukir
3 Dec, 1906[24] – 1 Mar, 1907[25]
Succeeded by
Claud A. W. Hamilton
Preceded by
Claud A. W. Hamilton
Captain of H.M.S. Essex
1 Mar, 1907[26] – 25 Jan, 1908[27]
Succeeded by
Robert F. Scott
Preceded by
John M. de Robeck
Captain of H.M.S. Carnarvon
25 Jan, 1908[28][29] – 21 May, 1910[30]
Succeeded by
William F. Slayter
Preceded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Captain of H.M.S. Implacable
21 May, 1910[31][32] – 14 Nov, 1911[33]
Succeeded by
Harry Jones
Preceded by
Henry H. Torlesse
Captain Superintendent, Sheerness Dockyard
1 Dec, 1911[34] – 21 Sep, 1915[35]
Succeeded by
E. Hyde Smith
as Senior Officer in Charge, Sheerness Dockyard
Preceded by
Francis S. Miller
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Scapa
5 May, 1916[36] – 1 Mar, 1919[37]
Succeeded by
Merged with Orkneys and Shetlands
Preceded by
Sir Herbert E. King-Hall
as Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands
1 Mar, 1919[38] – 9 Jan, 1920[39]
Succeeded by
Command Abolished

Footnotes

  1. "Naval Cadetships" (News). The Times. Saturday, 30 June, 1877. Issue 28982, col A, p. 14.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25712. p. 3366. 21 June, 1887.
  3. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 3 July, 1888. Issue 32428, col A, p. 10.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27099. p. 4345. 14 July, 1899.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27632. p. 25. 1 January, 1904.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 28984. p. 9690. 24 November, 1914.
  10. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1917). p. 4.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 106. 1 January, 1919.
  12. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 695.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 31489. p. 9961. 5 August, 1919.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31712. p. 3. 1 January, 1920.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 32962. p. 5889. 5 August, 1924.
  16. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 3 July, 1888. Issue 32428, col A, p. 10.
  17. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 515.
  18. "Naval Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 19 July, 1890. Issue 33068, col C, p. 12.
  19. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 515.
  20. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  21. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  22. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  23. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  24. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  25. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  26. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  27. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 291.
  29. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  30. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  31. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  32. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 329.
  33. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  34. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  35. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  36. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  37. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  38. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  39. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 201.