Sydney Thornhill Winn

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Lieutenant-Commander (retired) Sydney Thornhill Winn, D.S.O., Royal Navy (29 November, 1888 – 16 May, 1924) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War.

Life & Career

The only son of surgeon A. W. Winn, R.N. was born in Boulogne.[1]

Winn was promoted to Lieutenant on 1 October, 1911. In late 1912, he was appointed to Dolphin for instruction in submarines. As the war began, he was appointed to Blenheim and Dolphin for service in submarines. He was in B 11, under the command of Lt. Norman D. Holbrook when she torpedoed the elderly Turkish ironclad Mesûdiye in December, 1914. Winn was awarded a D.S.O. for his contribution to this success. On 26 July 1915 he was invalided for a stomach disease.[2]

By November 1915, at least, Winn was being placed in command of small coastal boats. He would command at last five before March 1917, when his service became vague in his service record, as is too often the case for the Royal Navy's submariners.[3]

Winn was placed on the Retired List as unfit due to myopia and astigmatism on 8 April, 1919 and was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1919.[4]

He was admitted to Haslar Hospital in 1923 for general paralysis of [illeg]. He died at age 35 at Royal Naval Hospital, Great Yarmouth.[5]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hugh S. Hornby
Captain of H.M.S. A 5
13 Nov, 1915[6] – 23 Dec, 1915[7]
Succeeded by
Vessel Decommissioned
Preceded by
Clyfford H. Warren
Captain of H.M.S. C 1
1 Jan, 1916[8] – 25 Jun, 1916[9]
Succeeded by
Arthur L. Noakes
Preceded by
Thomas C. A. H. Ouchterlony
Captain of H.M.S. B 7
25 Jun, 1916[10] – 4 Oct, 1916[11]
Succeeded by
Kenneth Michell
Preceded by
Oswald E. Hallifax
Captain of H.M.S. B 5
4 Oct, 1916[12] – Dec, 1916[13]
Succeeded by
Maurice W. Bailward
Preceded by
Richard D. Sandford
Captain of H.M.S. C 34
Dec, 1916[14] – 8 Mar, 1917[15]
Succeeded by
Ingleby S. Jefferson
 

Footnotes

  1. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  2. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  3. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  4. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  5. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  6. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  7. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  8. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  9. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  10. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  11. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  12. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  13. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  14. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.
  15. Winn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/149. f. 505.