Denis Granville Thynne

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Captain Denis Granville Thynne, C.M.G., Royal Navy (17 October, 1875 – 18 December, 1955) was an officer in the Royal Navy in the Great War and then served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War.

Life & Career

The son of a Reverend A. C. Thynne of North Cornwall, Thynne gained seven months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1891. He was sent to Blake, additional, for three years on the North America station.[1]

Thynne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1898.[2]

In December 1907, Mermaid and Express collided at night and Thynne was castigated for allowing the ships to converge, unlit, on a rendezvous at such a high speed.[3]

Thynne was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1910.[4]

On 23 December, 1911 Thynne appointed commander in the heavy cruiser Kent.[5]

On 10 November, 1913, Thynne was appointed in command of Lark.[6]

In August, 1914, Thynne was appointed to the battleship Agincourt as executive officer. While serving there, Thynne had a pet bull terrier named "Nick" and would fight in the Battle of Jutland. Thynne was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1916 and on 7 January, 1917, he was superseded in the battleship and in March was appointed in command of the minelayer Wahine.[7]

Post-War

"For valuable services in command of a Minelayer for eighteen months," Thynne was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) on 24 March, 1919[8] before being superseded in Wahine in April, 1919.

On 13 January, 1920, Thynne was appointed in command of the depot ship Woolwich in Devonport, recommissioning her there on the 3rd of February and becoming Captain (D) of a flotilla.[9]

Thynne was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 3 July, 1922.

World War II

On 24 September, 1940 Thynne was given a temporary appointment as a Lieutenant R.N.V.R.. The service record we consulted does not specify further details of his career.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hugh P. Buckle
Captain of H.M.S. Express
3 Jan, 1905[10] – 10 Oct, 1905[11]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Preston
Preceded by
Harry L. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Gipsy
10 Oct, 1905[12][13] – 28 May, 1906[14]
Succeeded by
William G. Howard
Preceded by
V. E. B. Phillimore
Captain of H.M.S. Greyhound
28 May, 1906[15][16] – 11 Sep, 1906[17]
Succeeded by
Herbert R. Stokes
Preceded by
Harold V. Dundas
Captain of H.M.S. Mermaid
11 Sep, 1906[18][19] – 14 Jan, 1908[20]
Succeeded by
Loftus W. Jones
Preceded by
Charles John Wintour
Captain of H.M.S. Jed
14 Jan, 1908[21][22]c. 22 Feb, 1911[23][24]
Succeeded by
Arthur Henniker-Heaton
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Lark
10 Nov, 1913[25][26] – 6 May, 1914[27]
Succeeded by
Rafe G. Rowley-Conwy
Preceded by
Harry H. Smyth
Captain of H.M.S. Wahine
20 Mar, 1917[28][29] – Apr, 1919[30]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Harold E. Sulivan
Captain of H.M.S. Woolwich
13 Jan, 1920[31][32] – 13 Jan, 1922[33]
Succeeded by
The Hon. William S. Leveson-Gower

Footnotes

  1. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  2. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  3. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 74a.
  5. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 335.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 337.
  7. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31248. p. 3859. 24 March, 1919.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1921). pp. 901, 902-945.
  10. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  11. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  12. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  13. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 319.
  14. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  15. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  16. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 322.
  17. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  18. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  19. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 345.
  20. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  21. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 334.
  23. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  24. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  25. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  26. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 337.
  27. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  28. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  29. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 1009.
  30. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  31. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  32. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 901.
  33. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.