Thomas Erskine Wardle

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Vice-Admiral Thomas Erskine Wardle, D.S.O., (9 January 1877 – 9 May 1944) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Wardle was appointed as Naval Secretary of the Ordnance Board on 15 February, 1910.[1]

He was appointed in command of the Crescent on 10 February, 1913.[2]

Wardle was promoted to Captain on 30 June, 1915.

Captain

Wardle was appointed in command of the armed merchant cruiser Alcantara on 23 March, 1915 and commissioned her in the following month. She sank the British steam trawler Kathleen on 3 June, prompting him to be more cautious in future. He remained in command of Alcantara until she was lost in action against Template:DE-Greif on 29 February, 1916.[3]

Wardle was appointed in command of Dreadnought in January, 1918. He served in her as Flag Captain until 20 April, 1918.[4] There seems to be some doubt about this, as he is noted as leaving Brindisi for England on 28 February, 1918 and navigating officer Harold Brisbane Bedwell's Service Record notes that he was appointed in command from 7 February until 20 April, 1918.

On 13 June, 1918, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Danae.[5]

Post-War

He was appointed in command of the light cruiser Calliope in June, 1923.

He became Rear-Admiral Commanding the Australian Fleet for exactly two years, commencing on 30 April, 1924.[6]

He retired at his own request on 9 July 1926[Citation needed] and was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the retired list.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Francis G. Eyre
Captain of H.M.S. Canopus
Dec, 1909[7] – 15 Feb, 1910[8]
Succeeded by
Francis G. St. John
Preceded by
Percival H. Warleigh
Naval Secretary to the Ordnance Board
15 Feb, 1910[9] – Feb, 1913[10]
Succeeded by
George P. Bevan
Preceded by
William D. Church
Captain of H.M.S. Crescent
10 Feb, 1913[11]
Succeeded by
George Trewby
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Calyx
19 Nov, 1914[12][13] – 23 Mar, 1915[14]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Alcantara
23 Mar, 1915[15] – 29 Feb, 1916[16]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Theobald W. B. Kennedy
Captain of H.M.S. Lowestoft
late 1917[17][18] – Jan, 1918[19]
Succeeded by
Alister F. Beal
Preceded by
Arthur C. S. H. D'Aeth
Captain of H.M.S. Dreadnought
Jan, 1918[20] – 20 Apr, 1918[21]
Succeeded by
Harold B. Bedwell
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Danae
13 Jun, 1918[22][23] – Mar, 1920[24]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. Fisher
Preceded by
William D. Paton
Captain of H.M.S. Calliope
21 Jun, 1923[25] – 13 Feb, 1924[26]
Succeeded by
William M. Kerr
Preceded by
?
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Royal Australian Navy Squadron
30 Apr, 1924[27]
Succeeded by
William R. Napier
Preceded by
Stanley R. Miller
Captain of H.M.A.S. Sydney
29 Sep, 1924[28]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 300.
  3. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  4. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 773.
  6. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  7. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  8. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  9. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  10. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 300.
  12. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 119.
  13. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  14. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  15. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  16. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  17. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395g.
  18. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  19. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  20. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  21. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  22. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 773.
  23. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  24. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  25. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  26. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  27. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  28. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 295.