Tom Kenneth Triggs

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Acting Commander Tom Kenneth Triggs, A.M., R.N. (10 February, 1884 – 6 December, 1917) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Southsea.

Triggs was appointed to Thames for a course in submarines on 4 July 1904 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 10 August, 1904. On 1 July 1905, he emerged, and was re-appointed to Thames for command of submarines. As was common in this period, the specific submarines he may have commanded are not specified.

From March 1907 to mid August 1908, Triggs served in the Argyll in the First Cruiser Squadron, before being sent back to Thames to command more unspecified submarines. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 10 August, 1912 and on 8 February 1913 was sent to join H.M.S. Dreadnought, where he spent six months.

Triggs was promoted to the rank of acting Commander on 20 August, 1916. He was appointed to the second class protected cruiser Highflyer as executive officer on 13 April, 1917.

Triggs was killed in the explosion in Halifax, having volunteered to take a boat from Highflyer to try to reduce the carnage likely to result from the burning munitions ship Mont Blanc. He was posthumously awarded the Albert Medal in gold for lifesaving action, as he was entirely aware of the grave jeopardy his exertions entailed.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
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Captain of H.M.S. C 3
17 Aug, 1908[1] – 8 Feb, 1913
Succeeded by
Edward W. B. Ryan
Preceded by
George H. Pownall
Captain of H.M.S. Onyx
22 Aug, 1913[2] – 1 Nov, 1915
Succeeded by
Stopford C. Douglas
Preceded by
George H. Pownall
Commander (S), First Submarine Flotilla
22 Aug, 1913[3] – 1 Nov, 1915
Succeeded by
Stopford C. Douglas
Preceded by
Sir Charles R. Blane
Captain of H.M.S. Thames
1 Nov, 1915[4] – 13 Apr, 1917
Succeeded by
Charles W. L. Meynell
Preceded by
George B. Lewis
Commander (S), Fifth Submarine Flotilla
1 Nov, 1915[5] – 13 Apr, 1917
Succeeded by
Henry D. Gill

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 385.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396h.
  3. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396h.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398pp.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398pp.