Ambrose Thomas Norman Abbay

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Captain (retired) Ambrose Thomas Norman Abbay, D.S.O., (10 November, 1886 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Abbay was born in Earl Soham, the son of the Reverend R. Abbay. He gained two and a half months time on passing out of the training ship Britannia.

Abbay was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1909.[1]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Wolf on 5 June, 1914.[2]

Abbay was appointed in command of the destroyer Rob Roy on 24 November, 1916.[3]

Abbay was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1917.[4]

After a few torpedo boat commands, Abbay was appointed to the light cruiser Yarmouth for two years, commencing on 18 April, 1912. On 5 June, 1914 he was appointed in command of the "B" Class destroyer Wolf.[5]

Great War

Abbay stayed in command of Wolf until being appointed to command the River Class destroyer Garry on 5 October, 1915.[6]

Abbay was appointed in command of the "M" Class destroyer Observer on 23 May, 1916, to take command upon her commissioning. Some time later that year, he moved over to command Paragon. Superseded in that ship on 18 November, 1916, six days later he was appointed to the new destroyer Rob Roy, to take command upon her commissioning.[7]

Abbay received an expression of the Admiralty's appreciation for his work in salving the torpedoed S.S. Idomeneus (?) on 15 September, 1917.

Post-War

He was awarded a D.S.O. for services in command of the Walker in the Baltic during 1919, gazetted on 8 March, 1920. He would soon thereafter be mentioned in despatches on 9 April, 1920.[8]

On 16 November, 1920, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Tomahawk.[9]

Abbay was thanked for his services on the occasion of the destruction of the French transport Vinh Long on 16 December, 1922, with copies of the gratitude of the French Minister of Marine forwarded to him.[10]

Abbay was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1922.[11]

On 17 June, 1926, Abbay was appointed in command of new destroyer Ambuscade, and for duty with Captain Superintendent of Contract-Built Ships. He was superseded in her on 12 September, 1928.[12]

On 20 December, 1927, he married Beatrix Yvonne Alice Tennant in Essex.[13]

On 16 May, 1928, Ambuscade and Amazon damaged the Greek S.S. Antonios Stathatos at her moorings at Santos. Abbay was informed that he should have kept his speed to 8 knots in consideration of the nature of the channel in this harbour.[14]

On 9 February 1929 he was appointed to duty inside the Admiralty with the Director of Naval Equipment, vice Hallett. He was superseded there on 19 February, 1931 and on 30 April was appointed in command of the old seaplane carrier Ark Royal.[15]

Abbay was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Captain on 10 November, 1932.[16]

On 14 March, 1938, a medical evaluation decreed that Abbay was fit for shore duty only, due to a fibrotic lung.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hector R. Monro
Captain of H.M. T.B. 079
3 May, 1910[17][18] – 6 Jun, 1911[19]
Succeeded by
Edward S. Graham
Preceded by
Hugh B. Worsley
Captain of H.M. T.B. 112
6 Jun, 1911[20] – 18 Apr, 1912[21]
Succeeded by
Edward S. Graham
Preceded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M.S. Wolf
5 Jun, 1914[22][23] – 9 Oct, 1915[24]
Succeeded by
Arthur E. Durham
Preceded by
William W. Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Garry
9 Oct, 1915[25] – 23 May, 1916[26]
Succeeded by
Henry A. Binmore
Preceded by
Frederic G. Schurr
Captain of H.M.S. Paragon
Jun, 1916[27] – 18 Nov, 1916[28]
Succeeded by
Richard G. Bowyer
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Rob Roy
24 Nov, 1916[29][30] – 22 Jan, 1919[31]
Succeeded by
Reginald Watkins Grubb
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Observer
23 May, 1917[32]c. late May, 1916[33][Inference]
Succeeded by
Frederic G. Schurr
Preceded by
Henry C. Rawlings
Captain of H.M.S. Walker
22 Jan, 1919[34][35] – 16 Nov, 1920[36]
Succeeded by
William E. B. Magee
Preceded by
George H. Creswell
Captain of H.M.S. Tomahawk
16 Nov, 1920[37][38] – 15 Apr, 1921[39]
Succeeded by
Valentine M. Wyndham-Quin
Preceded by
Valentine M. Wyndham-Quin
Captain of H.M.S. Sepoy
13 Apr, 1921[40] – Jan, 1923[41]
Succeeded by
Percival C. W. Manwaring
Preceded by
Richard M. Welby
Captain of H.M.S. Worcester
Jan, 1924[42] – 22 Apr, 1926[43]
Succeeded by
Ralph Kerr
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Ambuscade
17 Jun, 1926[44][45] – 12 Sep, 1928[46]
Succeeded by
Louis H. K. Hamilton
Preceded by
Philip Hordern
Captain of H.M.S. Ark Royal
30 Apr, 1931[47][48] – 11 May, 1932[49]
Succeeded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 2.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 397a.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 896.
  4. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  5. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  6. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  7. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  8. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 876.
  10. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  11. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  12. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  13. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  14. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  15. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  16. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  17. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  18. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 400.
  19. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  20. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  21. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  22. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399j.
  24. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  25. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  26. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  27. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 396j.
  28. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  29. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  30. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 896.
  31. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  32. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  33. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  34. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  35. The Navy List. (November, 1920). p. 896.
  36. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  37. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  38. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 876.
  39. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  40. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 810.
  41. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  42. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 291.
  43. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  44. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  45. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 215.
  46. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  47. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 216.
  48. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  49. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.