Daniel Harvey Rainier

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Lieutenant-Commander Daniel Harvey Rainier (31 October, 1888 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Rainier was invalided from King Edward VII at Gibraltar on 5 November, 1906 with heat stroke.

Rainier was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 April, 1908. On October 1908 Rainier was reported to have creating a disturbance and having been under the influence of liquor at the Empire Music Hall in Portsmouth. This report was echoed by the town authorities. In November, Rainier failed a torpedo examination. He was to be sent to sea in Achilles for three months and reported on at the end of that time. In November, Captain Oliver vouched that Rainier's conduct was "V.G." and that he had provided valuable services on the 17th. Captain Nicholson, who had superseded Oliver in November, reported much the same in December. Rainier would have one month's time which he had been docked in October restored and pass his torpedo examination in June of 1909.[1]

In 1912 when he was serving in the battlecruiser Invincible, Rainier would successfully explain when asked to do so by Rear-Admiral Bayly that excessive wine bills were due to entertaining. Rainier was appointed from Invincible when he was selected to be first lieutenant in the Sheldrake on 5 August, 1912. Later that year, Rainier would be commended by Captain (D) Henderson for his services during the illness of Sheldrake's commanding officer.

Great War

Rainier remained in Sheldrake until 14 January, 1915. On 18 January, he was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 21.

Rainier left T.B. 21 on 18 July, 1916. On the 19th, he was appointed to Woolwich for the "M" Class destroyer Medway, to take command upon her commissioning. His time in her was brief, for he was appointed in command of the destroyer Attack around August, 1916.[2]

On 18 January, 1917, Rainier was appointed in command of the Template:UK-Melpomen. In December 1917, Melpomene struck Folkestone Pier. Admiral Bacon told Rainier to be more careful in future. In January, 1918, the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla's Captain (D) Percy Withers described Rainier as being "a good C.O. of av[erage] ability."[3]

Rainier was appointed in command of the destroyer Sabrina on 9 April, 1918.[4]

In June 1918, Rainier grounded Sabrina and was chastised by Admiral Beatty following a Court of Enquiry for a lack of seamanlike precaution on his part. In August, Sixth Destroyer Flotilla's new Captain(D) Tomkinson described Rainier as not being sufficiently careful in executing orders or in supervising his subordinates.[5]

Interbellum

Rainier was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1918.[6]

On 20 February, 1919, Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla's Captain (D) Rowley-Conwy wrote that he did not know Rainier very well, but "I have not a very high opinion of him."[7]

Rainier was appointed in command of the destroyer Wessex on 29 July, 1920.[8]

Rainier served in Ark Royal in 1927-1928 before being appointed to command Torch on 1 May, 1928.[9]

World War II

At the very least, Rainier was appointed to Osprey for anti-submarine work briefly at the end of 1938.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Colin A. G. Hutchinson
Captain of H.M. T.B. 21
18 Jan, 1915[11][12] – 18 Jul, 1916[13]
Succeeded by
George L. M. Napier
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Medway
19 Jul, 1916[14] – Aug, 1916[15]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Neill James
Preceded by
Charles H. N. James
Captain of H.M.S. Attack
Aug, 1916[16][17] – 13 Jan, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
Edward R. M. Geake
Preceded by
Hubert H. de Burgh
Captain of H.M.S. Melpomene
18 Jan, 1917[19][20] – 8 Apr, 1918[21]
Succeeded by
Christopher H. Ringrose
Preceded by
Vernon S. Butler
Captain of H.M.S. Sabrina
9 Apr, 1918[22][23] – 19 Mar, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
Terence A. F. Longford
Preceded by
Alban Knubley
Captain of H.M.S. Lennox
20 Mar, 1919[25] – 30 Sep, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George H. Faulkner
Captain of H.M.S. Thruster
1 Oct, 1919[27][28] – 28 Jul, 1920[29]
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Archer
Preceded by
Henry E. Horan
Captain of H.M.S. Wessex
29 Jul, 1920[30][31] – 17 Apr, 1925[32]
Succeeded by
Alastair G. Davidson
Preceded by
David J. R. Simson
Captain of H.M.S. Torch
1 May, 1928[33] – 14 Dec, 1928[34]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  2. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  3. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 902.
  5. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  6. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  7. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 898.
  9. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  10. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  11. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 400.
  13. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  14. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  15. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  16. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392g.
  18. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  19. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  20. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395p.
  21. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  22. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  23. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 902.
  24. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  25. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  26. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  27. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  28. The Navy List. (July, 1920). p. 873.
  29. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  30. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  31. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 288.
  32. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  33. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363.
  34. Rainier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/33. f. 363. The service record is obscured by an insert.