Herbert Maynard Denny

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Commander (retired) Herbert Maynard Denny, D.S.O. (9 April, 1876 – 19 January, 1957) was an officer in the Royal Navy. His service record indicates that he was haphazard in attending to the sort of shipboard upkeep that results in glowing inspection reports.

Life & Career

Denny was awarded six months time on passing out of Britannia in July, 1892 and received his first appointment, to the battleship Royal Sovereign on 19 September.[1]

On 15 June, 1897, Denny was lent to the Alarm Class torpedo gunboat Antelope for manoeuvres. On 15 July, an inspection of the destroyer by Captain Hammet found the "ship clean", but on the 26th, Captain Henderson found her "v. dirty & untidy." Denny apparently left her upon her paying off at the end of the month. At the end of September, he was appointed to the destroyer H.M.S. Janus.[2]

Denny was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1899.[3]

On 18 March, 1903 he was appointed to Minotaur as her first Lieutenant.[4]

Denny was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1907 while in command of the "C" Class destroyer Fawn, whom he grounded that year, arousing the Admiralty's "severe displeasure." In August, that ship also received the unusually tepid inspection score of "fair" in the estimation of Rear Admiral (D), Channel Fleet Montgomerie.[5]

Denny was appointed Lieutenant & Commander of the destroyer Albatross in 1909.[6]

Great War

When the war broke out, Denny was serving with the Coast Guard in Sunderland. He was appointed in command of the destroyer Itchen in September, 1914. His time in her would be fraught with accidents: in January, 1915 she collided with a trawler, prompting a caution from the Admiral of Patrols. On 28 January, she collided with the wall of Immingham Dock, eliciting the same mild admonition.[7]

In May, 1915 he was appointed to the monitor M.16, which was approaching completion, to assist on the staff of the Captain Superintendent (of Monitors under Construction?), and to command M 16 upon her completion.[8]

After an illness whose particulars appear to be illegible caused him to be invalided from command of the monitor, Denny was recommended for the rank of Acting Commander on 6 May, 1916. Soon thereafter, he was appointed to H.M.S. Vivid for the gunboat Cockchafer, to take command upon her commissioning.[9]

Appointed in command of the destroyer Doon in mid-1917, Denny would remain in command through the end of the war and be awarded the D.S.O. for his services in convoy escort with the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla during the first half of 1918.[10]

After paying off Doon in December, 1918, Denny was appointed to President IV, additional, as District Officer, Sunderland. He was superseded on 16 January, 1920 and was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 17 January, 1920.[11]

World War II

Denny relieved Captain Hallifax at the Lancashire and National Sea Training Homes in 1939. It was noted that he would not be called up for other service. On 23 August, 1943, a letter from his wife informed the Admiralty that a malignant tumour had forced him to resign from this position. Denny wrote in September to report that a complete recovery was underway. He returned to work and left in 1945.[12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry C. R. Brocklebank
Captain of H.M.S. Teazer
24 Nov, 1903[13] – 15 Apr, 1904[14]
Succeeded by
Clement L. Long
Preceded by
Robert W. Myburgh
Captain of H.M.S. Wizard
16 Apr, 1904[15][16] – 10 Apr, 1906[17]
Succeeded by
Anselan J. B. Stirling
Preceded by
Anselan J. B. Stirling
Captain of H.M.S. Fawn
10 Apr, 1906[18][19] – 22 Sep, 1908[20]
Succeeded by
Hubert S. Monroe
Preceded by
Arthur M. Stancomb
Captain of H.M.S. Ardent
22 Sep, 1908[21][22] – 23 Sep, 1909[23]
Succeeded by
Berwick Curtis
Preceded by
Hugh T. Prichard
Captain of H.M.S. Albatross
23 Sep, 1909[24] – May, 1910[25]
Succeeded by
Reginald T. Amedroz
Preceded by
Lionel J. G. Anderson
Captain of H.M.S. Ure
20 Jun, 1910[26] – 14 Mar, 1911[27]
Succeeded by
Walter J. Fletcher
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Rifleman
14 Mar, 1911[28][29] – 31 Jul, 1912[30]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. H. Bond
Preceded by
Reginald V. Holt
Captain of H.M.S. Itchen
Sep, 1914[31][32] – 11 May, 1915[33]
Succeeded by
Frederic G. Schurr
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. M.16
11 May, 1915[34][35] – 16 May, 1916[36]
Succeeded by
Barry V. Sturdee
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Cockchafer
8 Jul, 1916[37][38] – 12 May, 1917[39]
Succeeded by
Gordon L. Simner
Preceded by
Kenneth G. Ramsey
Captain of H.M.S. Stour
12 May, 1917[40] – 11 Jun, 1917[41]
Succeeded by
Arthur H. L. Terry
Preceded by
Hamilton C. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Doon
11 Jun, 1917[42][43] – Dec, 1918[44]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  2. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 21.
  4. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  5. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 274.
  7. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  8. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  9. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  10. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  11. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  12. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  13. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  14. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  15. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  16. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 398.
  17. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  18. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  19. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 313-15.
  20. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  21. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  22. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 278.
  23. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  24. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  25. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  26. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  27. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  28. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  29. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 367.
  30. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  31. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  32. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 395e.
  33. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  34. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  35. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395p.
  36. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  37. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  38. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393c.
  39. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  40. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  41. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  42. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.
  43. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 779.
  44. Denny Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/250. f. 284.