William Henry Dudley Boyle, Twelfth Earl of Cork and Orrery

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Admiral of the Fleet William Henry Dudley Boyle, Twelfth Earl of Cork and Orrery (30 November 1873 – 19 April 1967) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

After commanding Haughty and Hardy, Boyle spent some time at Defiance studying gunnery and torpedoes before being sent to the second class protected cruiser Astræa to be first and gunnery officer on 25 February, 1904 through 19 September, 1906. Promotion to the rank of Commander soon followed on 31 December, 1906.[1]

On 2 January, 1907, he went to Hibernia to serve under Captain Cecil F. Lambert for just more than two years, leaving her in January, 1905 to attend more gunnery and torpedo instruction at Portsmouth where his performance was "excellent in every way". On 16 February, 1911 he was appointed to Good Hope to ply his skills, remaining in her until 21 December. On 16 February, 1912, he was appointed in command of the scout cruiser Skirmisher, to remain there until mid-April, 1913.[2]

Boyle was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1913.

On 7 February, 1917, Boyle replaced Lancelot Napier Turton in command of the Royal India Marine ship H.M.S. Northbrook. They would swap back and forth a few times in the year.[3][4]

He was appointed command of the Repulse on 6 November, 1917.[5]

He was appointed command of the Tiger on 22 March, 1919.[6]

He was appointed Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command of First Battle Squadron on 3 May, 1924.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward Walker
Captain of H.M.S. Starfish
20 Jun, 1902[8] – 28 Aug, 1902[9]
Succeeded by
Arthur L. Popham
Preceded by
Harry C. J. R. West
Captain of H.M.S. Haughty
28 Aug, 1902[10] – 8 Oct, 1903[11]
Succeeded by
Charles L. Brendon
Preceded by
Frederick B. Noble
Captain of H.M.S. Hardy
9 Oct, 1903[12] – 14 Oct, 1903[13]
Succeeded by
Arthur S. Chambers
Preceded by
James U. Farie
Captain of H.M.S. Skirmisher
16 Jan, 1912[14] – 18 Apr, 1913[15]
Succeeded by
John B. Sparks
Preceded by
Adolphus H. Williamson
Royal Navy Naval Attaché at Rome
24 Jun, 1913[16] – 27 Sep, 1915[17]
Succeeded by
Dennis A. H. Larking
Preceded by
Francis W. Caulfeild
Captain of H.M.S. Fox
27 Sep, 1915[18] – mid Oct, 1916
Succeeded by
Henry P. Ritchie
Preceded by
Henry P. Ritchie
Captain of H.M.S. Fox
14 Oct, 1916[19] – 24 Sep, 1917[20]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Craufurd
Preceded by
John S. Dumaresq
Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
6 Nov, 1917[21]
Succeeded by
A. Dudley P. R. Pound
Preceded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Captain of H.M.S. Tiger
29 Mar, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
John E. Cameron
Preceded by
William A. H. Kelly
Rear-Admiral in the First Battle Squadron
3 May, 1924[23][24] – 3 May, 1924[25]
Succeeded by
Renamed as Second Battle Squadron
Preceded by
Hugh D. R. Watson
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet
Dec, 1928 – Apr, 1929
Succeeded by
Percival H. Hall Thompson
Preceded by
John W. L. McClintock
President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
late 1929[Citation needed]
Succeeded by
Barry Edward Domvile
Preceded by
Sir William W. Fisher
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth Station
3 Jul, 1937[26]
Succeeded by
Sir William M. James

Footnotes

  1. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  2. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  3. Turton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/100. f. 111.
  4. [http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW1-75-RIMS_Northbrook.htm Northbrook Ship's Log.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 892.
  6. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 15 March, 1919. Issue 42049, col G, p. 16.
  7. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 4 February, 1924. Issue 43556, col F, p. 20.
  8. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  9. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  10. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  11. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  12. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  13. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  14. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 376.
  15. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  16. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  17. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  18. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 394n.
  19. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  20. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 419.
  21. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 892.
  22. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 920.
  23. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 4 February, 1924. Issue 43556, col F, p. 20.
  24. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 230.
  25. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 230.
  26. "Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 3 July, 1937. Issue 47727, col F, p. 14.