William George Tennant
Admiral SIR William George Tennant, K.C.B., C.B.E., M.V.O., R.N. (2 January, 1890 – 26 July, 1963) served in the Royal Navy. He was notable for managing the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 and for commanding H.M.S. Repulse when she was sunk by Japanese air attack.
Life & Career
The son of a Major.
Tennant was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1912.
Tennant was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1920.
Tennant was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1925.
Tennant was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1932.
World War II
Tennant was the Senior Naval Officer, Dunkerque during the desperate and successful evacuation of the Expeditionary Force in May 1940.
Tennant was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Repulse in June, 1940. He battled Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in her, and participated in the pursuit of the Bismarck. He survive her loss
Tennant was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 6 February, 1942.
Tennant was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 27 July, 1945.
Tennant was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 22 October, 1948. He was placed on the Retired List on 3 August, 1949.
|Captain of H.M.S. Arethusa
7 Jan, 1935 – early 1937
Philip L. Vian
Ernest J. Spooner
|Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
18 Jun, 1940 – 8 Dec, 1941
Arthur J. L. Murray
|Rear-Admiral Commanding, Fourth Cruiser Squadron
? – 8 Nov, 1943
Arthur D. Read