Rudolf Walter Bentinck

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Admiral SIR Rudolf Walter Bentinck, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., Royal Navy (20 March, 1869 – 31 March, 1947) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Rudolf Walter Bentinck was born at Littlegreen House, Compton, Sussex, on 20 March, 1869, the third son of Walter Bentinck, a retired army officer, (and later fifteenth baron Bentinck, an old Dutch title) and Henrietta Bentinck.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 14 July, 1890.[1]

Bentinck was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1901.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1907.[3]

In August 1910, he assumed command of the light cruiser Bristol, followed by command of Osborne College. A stint in Centurion on the staff of Vice-Admiral Jellicoe ran from 31 July, 1914 until 4 August.[4]

Great War

His service record shows him being placed in temporary command of Queen Mary on 13 October 1914, but also in King George V from 4 August through 6 November, when he was appointed in command of the battleship Superb.[5][6]

On 29 June, 1916, Bentinck received a plum assignment: command of the battlecruiser Tiger.[7]

On 15 September 1916 he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) dated 31 May.[8]

He assumed command of the light cruiser Calliope in August 1917[9] placing him in command of the Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron until 26 October, when he was relieved by Allan F. Everett.[10]

Post-War

On 3 January, 1919, Bentinck was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral, vice Gilpin-Brown.[11] On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Additional Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (K.C.M.G.) on 3 June.[12]

Bentinck was appointed Commander-in-Chief on the Africa Station in succession to Vice-Admiral Sir William E. Goodenough, dated 12 June, 1922.[13]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 31 July, 1924, vice Brock.[14]

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.) on 3 July, 1926.[15]

Bentinck was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 22 February, 1928, vice Leveson.[16] He was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, on 9 October, 1929.[17]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir Rudolf Bentinck" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 3 April, 1947. Issue 50726, col E, p. 7.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Maurice Woollcombe
Captain of H.M.S. Prometheus
10 Jul, 1906[18] – 3 Jan, 1908[19]
Succeeded by
John C. T. Glossop
Preceded by
Richard H. Peirse
Naval Member of the Ordnance Board
1 Mar, 1908[20]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Waymouth
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Bristol
16 Aug, 1910[21][22] – 16 Jan, 1913[23]
Succeeded by
Basil H. Fanshawe
Preceded by
The Hon. Horace L. A. Hood
Captain of Royal Naval College, Osborne
16 Jan, 1913[24] – 31 Jul, 1914[25]
Succeeded by
Herbert E. Holmes-à-Court
Preceded by
W. Reginald Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Queen Mary
13 Oct, 1914[26]
Succeeded by
Cecil I. Prowse
Preceded by
Price V. Lewes
Captain of H.M.S. Superb
6 Nov, 1914[27] – 20 Feb, 1915[28]
Succeeded by
E. Hyde Parker
Preceded by
Henry B. Pelly
Captain of H.M.S. Tiger
29 Jun, 1916[29] – 14 Aug, 1917[30]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Preceded by
Charles E. Le Mesurier
Captain of H.M.S. Calliope
14 Aug, 1917[31] – 26 Oct, 1918[32]
Succeeded by
Percy L. H. Noble
Preceded by
Charles E. Le Mesurier
Commodore 2nd Class Commanding, Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron
14 Aug, 1917[33] – 26 Oct, 1918[34]
Succeeded by
Allan F. Everett
as Rear-Admiral Commanding, Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron
Preceded by
Allan F. Everett
Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
26 Oct, 1918[35] – 3 May, 1921[36]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. R. Watson
Preceded by
Henry M. Doughty
Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron
3 May, 1921[37] – 3 May, 1922[38]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Preceded by
Sir William E. Goodenough
Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station
2 Aug, 1922[39] – 6 Feb, 1925[40]
Succeeded by
Maurice S. FitzMaurice
Preceded by
The Hon. Sir Victor A. Stanley
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet
4 Mar, 1926[41] – 3 Oct, 1926[42]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. R. Watson
Preceded by
Sir Richard F. Phillimore
Commander in Chief, Plymouth Station
5 Oct, 1926[43]
Succeeded by
Sir Hubert G. Brand

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26085. p. 4832. 5 September, 1890.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27393. p. 3. 3 January, 1902.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 28096. p. 34. 3 January, 1908.
  4. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 382a.
  6. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398r.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29751. p. 9070. 15 September, 1916.
  9. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  10. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 26a.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 31118. p. 516. 10 January, 1919.
  12. Edinburgh Gazette: no. 13459. p. 2063. 5 June, 1919.
  13. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 2 March, 1922. Issue 42969, col G, p. 20.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 32962. p. 5889. 5 August, 1924.
  15. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33179. p. 4403. 3 July, 1926.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 33362. p. 1493. 2 March, 1928.
  17. The London Gazette: no. 33542. p. 6476. 11 October, 1929.
  18. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  19. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  20. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  21. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  22. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 287.
  23. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  24. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  25. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  26. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  27. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 382a.
  28. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  29. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398r.
  30. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  31. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  32. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  33. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 26a.
  34. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 26a.
  35. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 23 March, 1921. Issue 42676, col D, p. 12.
  36. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  37. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 23 March, 1921. Issue 42676, col D, p. 12.
  38. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  39. The Navy List. (December, 1924). p. 200.
  40. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  41. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  42. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  43. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 5 October, 1926. Issue 44394, col C, p. 23.