Colin Sinclair Thomson

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Rear-Admiral Colin Sinclair Thomson (27 May, 1888 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, the son of a doctor.[1]

Thomson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1911.[2]

On 11 February, 1914, Thomson was appointed as first lieutenant in Ambuscade.[3]

Great War

Thomson served in Ambuscade until 9 August, 1915 when he was appointed in command of the "C" Class destroyer Leven. In late September, however, he was appointed to President for special service. This appointment was rather longer, ending on 27 June, 1916. On 17 July, 1916, he was appointed to the new destroyer Patrician, to assume command upon her commissioning. This command was short-lived, as he transferred to command of Hydra in August. He remained in her until 3 March, 1917 when he was appointed to Tempest, to assume command when she was commissioned. This gave way at some undated point to command of Loyal and then Liberty by April of 1917.[4]

Thomson remained in Liberty until being temporarily appointed in command of the destroyer Sarpedon on 27 February, 1918. Despite its temporary nature, this command lasted through the end of the war.[5]

Interbellum

Thomson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1919.[6]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Verdun on 30 April, 1919. He grounded her in 1920 and a Court of Enquiry concluded that he should have been taking soundings at the time.

Thomson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1925.[7]

Thomson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1931.[8]

Thomson was appointed in command of the new light cruiser Ajax on 16 December, 1934, to take command upon her commissioning for trials at sea. He helped quell disturbances in Trinidad related to economic strife in 1937, restoring a "sense of confidence and goodwill" which earned the appreciation of the island's Governor General. Thomson remained in command of Ajax until he was superseded on 9 October, 1937. After a Senior Officers' Technical Course, he was appointed in command of the training ship Boscawen and as Captain in Charge and King's Harbour Master, Portland, vice Powell.[9]

World War II

Thomson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 8 July, 1941 and placed on the Retired List the following day.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William J. F. Dunlop
Captain of H.M.S. Leven
9 Aug, 1915[11][12] – 26 Sep, 1915[13]
Succeeded by
Henry Forrester
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Patrician
17 Jul, 1916[14] – Aug, 1916[15]
Succeeded by
Francis G. Glossop
Preceded by
Francis G. Glossop
Captain of H.M.S. Hydra
Aug, 1916[16][17] – 3 Mar, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
Frederick A. P. Foster
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Tempest
3 Mar, 1917[19] – Apr, 1917[20][Inference]
Succeeded by
F. Burges Watson
Preceded by
F. Burges Watson
Captain of H.M.S. Loyal
c. late Mar, 1917[21] – 21 Apr, 1917[22]
Succeeded by
Francis A. Clutterbuck
Preceded by
Philip W. S. King
Captain of H.M.S. Liberty
late Apr, 1917[23][24] – 23 Feb, 1918[25]
Succeeded by
Harold G. Campbell
Preceded by
Edmond A. B. Stanley
Captain of H.M.S. Sarpedon
27 Feb, 1918[26][27] – 30 Apr, 1919[28]
Succeeded by
Gerald M. McKenna
Preceded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Captain of H.M.S. Verdun
30 Apr, 1919[29][30] – 20 Nov, 1921[31]
Succeeded by
Valentine M. Wyndham-Quin
Preceded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Captain of H.M.S. Westminster
29 Nov, 1921[32] – 16 May, 1922[33]
Succeeded by
Ivan B. Colvin
Preceded by
Thomas C. C. Bolster
Captain of H.M.S. Viscount
2 Jun, 1922[34][35] – 8 Apr, 1924[36]
Succeeded by
Vincent P. Freeman
Preceded by
Herbert Owen
Captain of H.M.S. Winchelsea
8 Apr, 1924[37][38] – 4 Mar, 1925[39]
Succeeded by
Donald C. Brock
Preceded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Captain of H.M.S. Versatile
31 Mar, 1927[40] – 20 Apr, 1927[41]
Succeeded by
Colin S. Thomson
Preceded by
Lionel G. Dawson
Captain of H.M.S. Vesper
20 Apr, 1927[42] – Jun, 1927[43][44]
Succeeded by
Edmund G. N. Rushbrooke
Preceded by
Colin S. Thomson
Captain of H.M.S. Versatile
Jun, 1927[45][46] – Mar, 1929[47]
Succeeded by
Walter N. T. Beckett
Preceded by
Walter N. T. Beckett
Captain of H.M.S. Whitley
Mar, 1929[48] – 19 Apr, 1929[49]
Succeeded by
Edmund G. N. Rushbrooke
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Ajax
16 Dec, 1934[50] – 9 Oct, 1937[51]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. Woodhouse
Preceded by
James Powell
Captain of Training Ship H.M.S. Boscawen
5 Sep, 1939[52] – 21 Oct, 1940[53]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
James Powell
Commodore-in-Charge, Portland
5 Sep, 1939[54] – 21 Oct, 1940[55]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  2. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  3. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  4. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  5. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  6. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  7. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  8. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  9. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  10. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  11. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395k.
  13. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  14. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  15. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  16. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395h.
  18. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  19. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  20. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  21. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  22. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432. Day of month not entirely certain.
  23. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  24. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395c.
  25. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  26. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  27. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 903.
  28. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  29. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 881.
  31. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  32. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  33. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  34. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  35. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 836.
  36. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  37. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  38. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 289.
  39. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  40. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  41. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432. Date is that of re-commissioning of Vesper.
  42. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432. Date is that of her re-commissioning.
  43. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  44. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 280.
  45. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  46. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 280.
  47. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  48. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  49. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  50. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  51. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  52. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  53. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  54. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.
  55. Thomson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/76. f. 432.