Charles Astley Poignand

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Captain (retired) Charles Astley Poignand (21 October, 1883 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy who served in both World Wars.

He possessed a knack for drawing, but several superiors described him as being "slow."

Life & Career

Poignand was born in the East Indies, the son of a Colonel in the British Army. He gained six months' time on passing out of Britannia. His first appointment was to the first class protected cruiser Niobe, dated 15 September, 1899.[1]

Poignand was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1905.[2]

Poignand commanded T.B. 025 through much of 1909 and then was made Lieutenant in Command of T.B. 110 from November, 1909 until September of 1911. These early command opportunities were ended when he was appointed to the Prince of Wales for fifteen months.[3]

Poignand was next appointed in command of the destroyer Cherwell on 23 January, 1913.[4]

Poignand was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1913.[5]

On 1 January, 1914, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Colne.[6]

On 7 April, 1914, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Welland.[7]

Poignand commanded the destroyer Menace as part of the Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland.[8] His command of the vessel was interrupted when he was afflicted with neurasthenia in September, 1917. He took some time to recover, in a hospital ship and at Haslar Hospital, but was deemed fit for shore service only on 30 November, 1917. He was sent to Vernon to work in drafting.[9]

Poignand was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1917. On 19 September, 1918 Poignand was sent from Vernon to Aquitania, additional, for disciplinary duties. On 21 October, he was sent to Gibraltar to work in the Operations Branch.[10]

Interbellum

Poignand finally received another ship command when he was appointed in command of the convoy sloop Bryony on 5 March, 1919.[11]

Poignand volunteered for service in the Royal Australian Navy in February, 1922 and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 5 July, 1922.[12]

Poignand was promoted to the rank of Captain on 21 October, 1928.[13]

World War II

In December 1939, Poignand was made an examination officer at Portland-Weymouth. In February, 1941, he was sent to Portsmouth. The following month, he went to Pembroke IV to work on the staff of the Flag Officer in Charge, London.

22 February, 1943 saw Poignand sent for command of the Southend Combined Operations training base H.M.S. Westcliff, vice Tollemache. This was supposed to be a temporary appointment, and he held the rank of acting Captain while in it, but it did not end until 1 December, 1943.

On 1 January, 1944, Poignand was appointed in command of Watchful, vice Farquhar, and as Maintenance Captain, Great Yarmouth. Sent back to Portsmouth in late August 1945, he reverted to the REtired List on 5 November, 1945.[14]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry P. Wilson
Captain of H.M. T.B. 025
1 Feb, 1909[15][16] – 5 Nov, 1909[17]
Succeeded by
William E. B. Magee
Preceded by
Alexander S. Douglas
Captain of H.M. T.B. 110
5 Nov, 1909[18][19] – 9 Sep, 1911[20]
Succeeded by
Kenneth C. Helyar
Preceded by
Henry P. Boxer
Captain of H.M.S. Cherwell
23 Jan, 1913[21][22] – 14 Jan, 1914[23]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Jones
Preceded by
M. Brock Birkett
Captain of H.M.S. Colne
1 Jan, 1914[24][25] – 7 Apr, 1914[26]
Succeeded by
Claude Seymour
Preceded by
Claude Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Welland
7 Apr, 1914[27][28] – 16 Feb, 1916[29]
Succeeded by
Philip A. Heyder
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Menace
11 Feb, 1916[30][31] – 9 Nov, 1917[32]
Succeeded by
Brian C. Gourley
Preceded by
Cyril Gore
Captain of H.M.S. Bryony
5 Mar, 1919[33][34] – 28 Feb, 1921[35]
Succeeded by
George L. D. Gibbs

Footnotes

  1. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  2. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  3. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 292.
  5. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 296.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 397.
  8. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 45.
  9. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  10. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  11. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  12. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  13. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  14. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  15. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  16. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 400.
  17. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  18. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  19. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 401.
  20. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  21. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  22. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 294.
  23. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  24. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  25. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 296.
  26. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393.
  27. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  28. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399i.
  29. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  30. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396b.
  32. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  33. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  34. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 736-7.
  35. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.