James Vandeleur Creagh

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Rear-Admiral James Vandeleur Creagh, D.S.O. (30 August, 1883 – 14 January, 1956) was an successful destroyer commander in the Royal Navy during the Great War.

Life & Career

Creagh was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1906.[1]

On 1 February, 1909, Creagh was appointed as Lieutenant & Commander of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 034.[2]

Creagh was appointed in command of the destroyer Myrmidon on 13 June, 1913.[3]

Creagh was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1914.[4]

Great War

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Ariel on 9 October, 1914,[5] and was in command when she helped sink U 12 by ramming on 10 March, 1915.[6] He received a letter on vellum expressing the Admiralty's approbation for the feat, to be considered equivalent to a mention in despatches.[7]

Creagh was praised for his work on the occasion of the sinking of light cruiser Arethusa on 11 February 1916 and in a destroyer action of 20 March in which he "[h]andled and fought his ship in a most able manner under a hot fire."

Creagh was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1916.[8]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Sylph on 11 January, 1917.[9]

On 16 July, 1917, Creagh captured German merchant vessels and showed "extraordinary tenacity and ability in bringing his prize safe to Harwich."

On 3 January, 1918, the Admiralty expressed its appreciation for Creagh's good service on the occasion of the loss of Surprise, Torrent and Tornado in a minefield, and for successfully taking Valkyrie under tow and getting her back to base. On February 1926, the King invested Creagh with the D.S.O. at Harwich for his services in destroyer flotillas up to the end of 1917.[10]

Post-War

Creagh was appointed in command of the destroyer Viscount on 13 August, 1920.[11] At some point, a chronometer would go missing from the ship and Creagh would be chastised and charged two pounds Sterling for replacing it.

Shortly after being superseded in Viscount on 6 May, 1921, Creagh was appointed to join the Plans Division vice Dorling. He was superseded there on 1 July, 1923, having at some point actually run the Division during the absence of both the Director and Deputy Director.[12]

Creagh was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1923.[13]

At the end of his career, Creagh was busy performing the initial work to create a new naval base in the Persian Gulf, having been appointed as Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf vice Crabbe on 21 April, 1933 and superseded on 2 May, 1935.[14]

Creagh was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 20 June, 1935 and be placed on the Retired List on 21 July.[15]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Conyngham C. Denison
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 34
Captain of H.M. T.B. 034
1 Feb, 1909[16][17] – 31 Jul, 1911[18]
Succeeded by
Arthur B. Nesling
Preceded by
Richard W. U. Bayly
Captain of H.M.S. Myrmidon
13 Jun, 1913[19][20] – 9 Oct, 1914[21]
Succeeded by
Robert H. B. Hammond-Chambers
Preceded by
Dashwood F. Moir
Captain of H.M.S. Ariel
9 Oct, 1914[22][23] – 29 Nov, 1915[24]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Tippet
Preceded by
James F. Houstoun
Captain of H.M.S. Linnet
29 Nov, 1915[25][26] – 11 Jan, 1917[27]
Succeeded by
Joseph H. L. Yorke
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Sylph
11 Jan, 1917[28][29] – 12 Aug, 1919[30]
Succeeded by
Reginald T. Amedroz
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Thanet
13 Aug, 1919[31] – Aug, 1920[32]
Succeeded by
David J. R. Simson
Preceded by
John M. Porter
Captain of H.M.S. Viscount
13 Aug, 1920[33] – 6 May, 1921[34]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. C. Bolster
Preceded by
Lewis G. E. Crabbe
Captain of H.M.S. Shakespeare
15 Jan, 1925[35] – 11 May, 1925[36]
Succeeded by
James V. Creagh
Preceded by
Lewis G. E. Crabbe
Captain (D), Seventh Destroyer Flotilla
15 Jan, 1925[37] – 1 Apr, 1925[38]
Succeeded by
Lewis G. E. Crabbe
Preceded by
Lewis G. E. Crabbe
Captain (D), Ninth Destroyer Flotilla
1 Apr, 1925[39] – 11 May, 1925[40]
Succeeded by
John C. Tovey
Preceded by
Kenneth MacLeod
Captain of H.M.S. Wallace
11 May, 1925[41] – 10 Oct, 1925[42]
Succeeded by
Kenneth MacLeod
Preceded by
Kenneth MacLeod
Captain (D), Fifth Destroyer Flotilla
11 May, 1925[43] – 10 Oct, 1925[44]
Succeeded by
Lewis G. E. Crabbe
Preceded by
James V. Creagh
Captain of H.M.S. Shakespeare
7 Jul, 1925[45] – 10 Oct, 1925[46]
Succeeded by
Guy L. Coleridge
Preceded by
Kenneth MacLeod
Captain (D), First Destroyer Flotilla
7 Jul, 1925[47] – Oct, 1927[48]
Succeeded by
John H. K. Clegg
Preceded by
Edward O. B. S. Osborne
Captain of H.M.S. Montrose
10 Oct, 1925[49]
Succeeded by
James V. Creagh
Preceded by
James V. Creagh
Captain of H.M.S. Montrose
Oct, 1927[50] – 2 Jul, 1928[51]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey R. S. Watkins
Preceded by
John Harding
Captain of H.M.S. Shoreham
21 Apr, 1933[52]
Succeeded by
Vernon S. Butler
Preceded by
Lewis G. E. Crabbe
Senior Officer, Persian Gulf
21 Apr, 1933[53] – 2 May, 1935[54]
Succeeded by
Douglas B. Fisher

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 18.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 400.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 347.
  4. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 277.
  6. Naval Operations. Volume II. p. 280.
  7. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  8. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  9. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 912a.
  10. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 890.
  12. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  13. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  14. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  15. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  16. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 400.
  18. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  19. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 347.
  21. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  22. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392e.
  24. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  25. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  26. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395vv.
  27. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  28. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  29. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 912.
  30. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  31. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 917.
  32. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  33. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 890.
  34. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  35. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 269.
  36. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  37. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  38. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  39. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  40. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  41. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  42. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  43. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  44. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  45. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  46. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  47. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  48. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  49. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  50. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  51. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220. Month is indistinct.
  52. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 275.
  53. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.
  54. Creagh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/95. f. 220.