John Allan Gregory

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Commander (retired) John Allan Gregory (9 September, 1874 – 13 July, 1931) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Gregory gained seven months' time on passing out of Britannia in July 1890 and receiving a temporary appointment to join Northumberland for manoeuvres. This lasted just three days before he was sent to Triumph. On 5 September he was sent to join the corvette Garnet in the Pacific. He remained in her nearly five years, being next appointed to Thames, additional on 24 July 1895.[1]

In February 1897, Gregory participated in the Benin Expedition where he "did good work" and was mentioned in despatches. He was noted as having some command of Spanish.[2]

Gregory was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1897.[3]

On 13 February, 1902 he was permitted 22 days of full-paid leave to travel back to England to attend to his father, who was dangerously ill. On 1 April, 1902, he was appointed in command of the "B" Class destroyer Griffon.[4]

On 21 October 1902, he was allowed to proceed to England overland without awaiting relief. He left Griffon when he was appointed to Excellent on 3 January, 1903.[5]

Gregory was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1905. He was appointed in command of Itchen on 28 May, 1906.[6]

On 15 May 1909, he grounded Itchen and was blamed for having failed to occasionally check her position. A Court of Enquiry was convened in May 1909 and determined that Gregory should be superseded in command and placed on half-pay.[7]

On 1 February 1910, Gregory was appointed to the Kinsale Coast Guard. On 1 September 1912, his posting was altered to Aldeburgh.[8]

When war erupted, Gregory was appointed to Leander for command of a destroyer on 6 September 1914. On 10 September, this was refined to command of the destroyer Vixen.[9]

On 17 January 1915, Gregory was appointed as Acting Commander to the Captain Superintendent of T.B.Ds. Building by Contractors. This administrative post would provide him work until 31 July, 1917. On the 19th of July, 1917 he was appointed in command of the seaplane carrier Nairana. He was chastised for a "lack of care" when Nairana struck a submerged object (possibly on 8 February 1918). Gregory was superseded on 24 May 1918 and directed to report to the Admiralty.[10]

On 20 June 1918, Gregory was appointed to Egmont, additional, for duty with the Greek Naval Mission as Acting Commander.[11]

Post-War

On 31 March, 1919, Gregory was placed in temporary charge of the Naval Mission while Captain Brown went on leave in England.[12]

Gregory was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Commander on 9 September, 1919.[13]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
The Hon. Hubert G. Brand
Captain of H.M.S. Griffon
15 Sep, 1900[14][15] – 1 Apr, 1902[16]
Succeeded by
Harry C. J. R. West
Preceded by
Edgar R. Morant
Captain of H.M.S. Quail
28 Feb, 1903[17][18] – 1 Aug, 1903[19]
Succeeded by
William F. Benwell
Preceded by
George C. Hardy
Captain of H.M.S. Hart
8 Sep, 1903[20] – 28 Oct, 1903[21]
Succeeded by
Spencer R. S. Richards
Preceded by
Alfred B. Barker
Captain of H.M.S. Virago
29 Oct, 1903[22] – 4 Apr, 1904[23]
Succeeded by
John A. Gregory
Preceded by
Cyril Asser
Captain of H.M.S. Janus
4 Apr, 1904[24][25] – 9 Jan, 1905[26]
Succeeded by
William H. Darwall
Preceded by
John A. Gregory
Captain of H.M.S. Virago
9 Jan, 1905[27][28] – 6 Dec, 1905[29]
Succeeded by
Ernest Stevenson
Preceded by
Walter Hose
Captain of H.M.S. Kale
1 Jan, 1906[30] – 28 May, 1906[31]
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
Claude Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Itchen
28 May, 1906[32][33] – 9 Jun, 1909[34]
Succeeded by
John M. D. E. Warren
Preceded by
Ernest H. B. Williams
Captain of H.M.S. Vixen
10 Sep, 1914[35][36] – 17 Jan, 1915[37]
Succeeded by
Basil W. L. Owen
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Nairana
19 Jul, 1917[38] – 24 May, 1918[39]
Succeeded by
Charles F. R. Cowan

Footnotes

  1. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  2. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  3. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  4. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  5. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  6. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  7. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  8. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  9. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  10. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  11. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  12. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  13. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  14. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  15. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 262.
  16. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  17. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  18. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 296a.
  19. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  20. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  21. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  22. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  23. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  24. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 334.
  26. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  27. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  28. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 394a.
  29. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  30. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  31. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  32. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  33. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 334.
  34. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  35. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  36. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 396.
  37. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  38. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.
  39. Gregory Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/53. f. 61.