David James Robert Simson

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Captain David James Robert Simson (7 September, 1892 – 23 May, 1940) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a barrister, Simson gained one month's time on passing out of the Training Establishment.

Simson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 January, 1915.[1]

Simson was appointed in command of the destroyer Usk on 17 March, 1918.[2]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Hind in November, 1918.[3]

In January, 1920, Simson was appointed in command of the destroyer Spear.[4]

Simson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 January, 1923.[5]

Simson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1928.[6]

Simson was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1936.[7]

Simson was appointed to the netlayer Protector on 11 December, 1936, to assume command upon her commissioning. A Court of Enquiry assigned some blame to Simson for H.M.S. Hood having straddled H.M.S. Protector during full calibre firing on 30 June, 1937. He was told by C-in-C Mediterranean that he was expected to exercise greater initiative in future.[8]

Simson was appointed in command of the destroyer Keith on 15 February, 1940. Simson died in Keith on 23 May, 1940.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Eric P. Vivian
Captain of H.M.S. Usk
17 Mar, 1918[9][10] – Nov, 1918[11]
Succeeded by
Basil A. Taylor
Preceded by
Edmund Johnstone
Captain of H.M.S. Hind
Nov, 1918[12][13] – 9 Jul, 1919[14]
Succeeded by
Harold P. Keeley
Preceded by
Harold P. Keeley
Captain of H.M.S. Martin
10 Jul, 1919[15] – Jan, 1920[16]
Succeeded by
Francis W. Craven
Preceded by
Francis W. Craven
Captain of H.M.S. Spear
Jan, 1920[17][18] – 20 Mar, 1922[19]
Succeeded by
Thomas B. Fellowes
Preceded by
Thomas B. Fellowes
Captain of H.M.S. Torch
1 Apr, 1924[20][21] – 3 Dec, 1924[22]
Succeeded by
Daniel H. Rainier
Preceded by
Vernon Hammersley-Heenan
Captain of H.M.S. Venturous
3 Dec, 1924[23][24] – 23 Nov, 1925[25]
Succeeded by
Ivan B. Colvin
Preceded by
Paul F. P. Berryman
Captain of H.M.S. Senator
23 Nov, 1925[26] – 11 Dec, 1925[27]
Succeeded by
Reginald B. C. Hutchinson
Preceded by
John D. Harvey
Captain of H.M.S. Wren
30 Jun, 1928[28] – 15 Aug, 1928[29]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Alfred E. Evans
Captain of H.M.S. Sturdy
26 Mar, 1931[30] – 27 Apr, 1931[31]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Brownlow V. Layard
Captain of H.M.S. Searcher
27 Apr, 1931[32] – 17 Jun, 1931[33]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Lawrence F. N. Ommanney
Captain of H.M.S. Scotsman
17 Jun, 1931[34] – 31 Oct, 1931[35]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George H. Creswell
Captain of H.M.S. Vanquisher
31 Oct, 1931[36] – 27 Apr, 1932[37][38]
Succeeded by
Henry J. Haynes
Preceded by
Eldred S. Brooksmith
Captain of H.M.S. Valorous
27 Apr, 1932[39][40] – 6 Jan, 1934[41]
Succeeded by
Cecil C. Hughes-Hallett
Preceded by
Cyril H. G. Benson
Captain of H.M.S. Cumberland
18 Feb, 1935[42] – 1 Jul, 1935[43]
Succeeded by
Edmund G. N. Rushbrooke
Preceded by
James V. Creagh
Captain of H.M.S. Thanet
1 Jul, 1935[44] – 23 Jul, 1935[45]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ernest R. Archer
Captain of H.M.S. Vivien
6 Sep, 1935[46] – 18 Jan, 1936[47]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Donald C. Brock
Captain of H.M.S. Winchelsea
18 Jan, 1936[48] – 18 May, 1936[49][50]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Charles M. Blackman
Captain of H.M.S. Douglas
31 Jul, 1936[51] – 11 Dec, 1936[52]
Succeeded by
William D. Stephens
Preceded by
Henry T. W. Pawsey
Captain of H.M.S. Keith
15 Feb, 1940[53] – 23 May, 1940[54]
Succeeded by
Edward L. Berthon

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 172.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 923.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 814.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 866.
  5. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  6. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  7. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  8. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  9. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 923.
  11. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  12. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1919). p. 814.
  14. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  15. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 845.
  16. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  17. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  18. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 866.
  19. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  20. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  21. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 275.
  22. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  23. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 280.
  24. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  25. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  26. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  27. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  28. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  29. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  30. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  31. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  32. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  33. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  34. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  35. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  36. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  37. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  38. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 282.
  39. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  40. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 282.
  41. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  42. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  43. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  44. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  45. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  46. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  47. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  48. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  49. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  50. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 245.
  51. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  52. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  53. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.
  54. Simson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/54/149. f. 150.