Conyngham Charles Denison

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Commander Conyngham Charles Denison, D.S.O. (6 April, 1885 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy. His brother, Edward Conyngham Denison, also served.

Life & Career

Born in Boxglove the son of Captain the Honorable C. Denison, R.N., Conyngham gained two and a half months' time on passing out of Britannia.

Denison was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1907.[1]

Denison was appointed Sub-Lieutenant in Command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 34, soon to be renamed T.B. 034, on 23 July, 1906.[2]

Denison submitted his resignation on 23 July, 1908 in light of urgent private affairs. It was accepted and he was placed on the Emergency List.

Denison was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on the Emergency List on 1 April, 1915.[3]

While in command of Angler in May-June 1916, Denison lost Addenda F021 and F022 which had been issued to her.

Denison grounded T.B. 16 on 17 May 1916 and was cautioned to be more careful. On 25 August, he asked to be restored to the Active List from the Emergency List and was informed he would lose seniority for the time he was out of service. Denison decided that he did not want to do that.

Denison was appointed in command of Landrail in mid May 1917.

When Denison was next appointed in command of the destroyer Swale on 11 January, 1918, Captain (D), Portsmouth Escort Flotilla Compton noted that Denison was an "exceedingly good naval officer" and possessed "the gift of command" while in command of Landrail.[4]

Post-War

On 19 March, 1919, Denison was promoted to the rank of Commander on the Emergency List with an effective date of 11 November, 1918. On 17 May 1919, he was invested at Buckingham Palace with a D.S.O. for services in sloops on convoy and escort duties.[5]

World War II

After some work in Jamaica, Denison served in Trinidad, as S.N.O. vice Campbell and then in command of the shore establishment H.M.S. Benbow and as Captain of Port of Spain. He held an acting rank of Captain while in this position.

In late 1943, he was in Portsmouth. On 16 February, 1944 he reverted to Commander on the Emergency List. When he requested approval to seek other employment, he was informed there was no objection.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George Pilkington
Captain of H.M. T.B. 34
23 Jul, 1906[6][7] – 23 Jul, 1908[8]
Succeeded by
James V. Creagh
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 034
Preceded by
William E. B. Magee
Captain of H.M. T.B. 109
28 Jun, 1915[9][10] – 22 Sep, 1915[11]
Succeeded by
Stanley W. Moughtin
Preceded by
Lambert N. B. Morgan
Captain of H.M.S. Angler
22 Sep, 1915[12] – 3 Feb, 1915[13]
Succeeded by
Alfred S. C. Bird
Preceded by
Reginald V. Holt
Captain of H.M. T.B. 16
3 Feb, 1916[14] – 2 Jun, 1916[15]
Succeeded by
Edward D. W. Lawford
Preceded by
Cosmo M. Graham
Captain of H.M.S. Swale
2 Jun, 1916[16][17] – 26 Feb, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
Kenneth H. Grant
Preceded by
Walter B. Compton
Captain of H.M.S. Badger
4 Mar, 1917[19] – 12 May, 1917[20]
Succeeded by
Kenneth G. Ramsey
Preceded by
Francis E. H. G. Hobart
Captain of H.M.S. Landrail
12 May, 1917[21] – 11 Jan, 1918[22]
Succeeded by
Kenneth Michell
Preceded by
Charles H. B. Foxley
Captain of H.M.S. Swale
11 Jan, 1918[23]
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 399.
  3. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  4. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  5. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  6. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  7. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 399.
  8. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  9. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  10. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 401a.
  11. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  12. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  13. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  14. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  15. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  16. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398m.
  18. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  19. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  20. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394z.
  22. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/26. f. 184.
  23. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 912.