Ronald John Robert Dendy

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Captain Ronald John Robert Dendy, (14 November, 1900 – 15 August, 1981) served in the Royal Navy. Though he specialised in anti-submarine warfare, he had two warships sunk from under him by air attack.

Life & Career

The son of solicitor Robert A. Dendy, Esq., Dendyy emerged from the Training Establishment on New Year's Day 1917 and was appointed to the battleship Collingwood eight days later. He served in her through the end of the war, and on 2 January 1919 was appointed to patrol boat P50.

Dendy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 April, 1921.

Dendy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 April, 1929.

Dendy was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1934.

Dendy was appointed to the Repulse on 3 July 1941. He was lucky to survive her loss to Japanese air attack off Ceylon.

Dendy was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1941.

Dendy was blamed in the loss of the light cruiser H.M.S. Coventry in that he was not ready for an attack after being shadowed for four hours.

In February 1944 he was placed in command of

He retired 8 January, 1951.

Dendy died in Whiteley Village Hospital in Walton-on-Thames on 15 August, 1981.[1]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William P. Carne
Captain of H.M.S. Coventry
5 Mar, 1942 – 14 Sep, 1942
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
John A. Binnie
Commanding Officer, A/S School H.M.S. Osprey
21 Feb, 1944 – 15 Apr, 1946
Succeeded by


  1. "Deaths." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, August 18, 1981, Issue 61009, p.20.