Ernest Walter Kirkby

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Commander Ernest Walter Kirkby, D.S.O. (5 July, 1885 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Ware, Hertford as the son of a reverend, Kirky gained two and a half months on passing out of Britannia on 15 January, 1902 when he was appointed to the battleship Jupiter. He served there until being appointed to Ocean on the China Station in mid-June, 1903.[1]

Kirkby was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1907 while serving in the Britannia. He continued to serve in the ship in lieu of a sub-Lieutenant until 29 April, 1908.[2]

Kirkby was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 041 on December, 1909.[3]

In 1910, Kirby grounded T.B. 041 and was cautioned to be more careful in future.[4]

In 1911, Kirkby lost a copy of "Instructions for Mine Sweeping by Torpedo Boats" and was again admonished to be more careful in future.[5]

In February, 1912, Kirkby was given an Italian medal and a diploma for having rendered services at the Messina Earthquake in December, 1908. On 6 May, he was examined for an injury to his right thigh sustained while coaling Leviathan. A month later he was fit.[6]

Kirkby was appointed in command of the destroyer Zephyr on 21 January, 1914.[7]

Great War

In January, Zephyr struck Felixstowe Rock and Kirkby was told by the Commander-in-Chief that he had committed an error in judgment and he was cautioned to be more careful in future.[8]

Kirkby was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1915.[9]

A collision between Manly and Matchless on 26 July, 1916 resulted in Kirkby being cautioned to be more careful in future.[10]

In April, 1917, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Torrid.

Kirkby's work commanding Torrid in the Harwich Force in the period between 1 July and 11 November 1917 earned him a D.S.O.. This was gazetted 20 February, 1919 and invested by the King at Buckingham Palace on 26 July, 1919. He had placed Torrid into reserve at Devonport in February, 1919 and left the ship on 1 October, 1919 when he was superseded.[11]

Rear-Admiral Reynolds recorded that Kirby was "the best station-keeper in the Flotilla" in February, 1919.

Interbellum

Kirkby was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1919.[12]

Kirkby was appointed in command of the destroyer Seraph in August, 1920. This last appointment would end in ignominy when Kirkby was severely reprimanded and dismissed the ship on 29 July, 1922, "not to be re-employed" when a Court Martial proved a charge of neglect of duty against him. The sentence was approved by the Second Sea Lord. Kirkby was placed on the books of Egmont in Malta, temporary, the next day.[13]

World War II

In September 1937, Kirkby was appointed to Fortitude, additional, for command of the yacht Glen Strathallan upon her commissioning, but reverted to the Retired List at his own request on 1 August, 1940. In January, 1941 he commenced duty outside the Admiralty "with M.N.B.D.O.".[14]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles C. de M. Malan
Captain of H.M. T.B. 105
28 Feb, 1909[15][16] – 14 May, 1909[17]
Succeeded by
Archibald R. J. Southby
Preceded by
Charles E. H. White
Captain of H.M. T.B. 041
Dec, 1909[18][19] – 16 May, 1911[20]
Succeeded by
Edward P. U. Broad
Preceded by
Arthur G. Onslow
Captain of H.M. T.B. 18
14 Aug, 1913[21][22] – Feb, 1914[23]
Succeeded by
Arthur E. H. Wright
Preceded by
Charles L. M. M. Crichton
Captain of H.M.S. Zephyr
21 Jan, 1914[24] – 12 Nov, 1915[25]
Succeeded by
Arthur H. Notley
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Ossory
Nov, 1915[26]c. late Nov, 1915[27]
Succeeded by
Harold V. Dundas
Preceded by
Harold V. Dundas
Captain of H.M.S. Cameleon
c. late Nov, 1915[28] – 27 Jan, 1916[29]
Succeeded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Preceded by
Charles G. Ramsey
Captain of H.M.S. Manly
3 Feb, 1916[30][31] – Apr, 1917[32]
Succeeded by
Robert H. B. Hammond-Chambers
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Torrid
Apr, 1917[33][34] – 1 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
Frederick W. F. Fegen
Preceded by
John P. Landon
Captain of H.M.S. Seraph
Aug, 1920[35][36] – 29 Jul, 1922[37]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. Bradley

Footnotes

  1. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  2. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 401a.
  4. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  5. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  6. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 398.
  8. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  9. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  10. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  11. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  12. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  13. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  14. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  15. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  16. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 401a.
  17. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  18. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 401a.
  20. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  21. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  22. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 401.
  23. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  24. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399l.
  25. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  26. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  27. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  28. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  29. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  30. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396.
  32. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  33. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  34. The Navy List. (October, 1919). p. 921.
  35. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.
  36. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 863.
  37. Kirkby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/87. f. 216.