William Gordon Benn

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Rear-Admiral William Gordon Benn, Royal Navy (31 January, 1889 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Benn was born in Bahia, Brazil.[1]

Benn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 28 February, 1910.[2]

Benn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 28 February, 1918.[3]

Post-War

Benn was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1923.[4]

He married Marie Helen Bagbey on 9 April, 1925.[5]

Benn was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1931.[6]

World War II

Benn was appointed in command of the battleship Royal Oak in July, 1939. He wrenched his left knee when she was torpedoed and sunk in Scapa Flow.[7]

Benn was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 8 July, 1941.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edye K. Boddam-Whetham
Captain of H.M.S. Tarantula
16 Sep, 1932[9] – late 1932[10]
Succeeded by
John S. Dalison
Preceded by
John W. Clayton
Director of Navigation
2 Oct, 1935[11] – 2 Jul, 1938[12]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Paul F. P. Berryman
Captain of H.M.S. Argus
26 May, 1938[13] – 3 Jul, 1939[14]
Succeeded by
Henry C. Bovell
Preceded by
Colin Cantlie
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
7 Jul, 1939[15] – 14 Oct, 1939
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 7.
  3. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  4. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  5. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  6. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  7. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  8. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  9. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  10. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  11. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  12. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  13. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  14. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.
  15. Benn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/66. f. 424.