John Douglas Harvey

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Captain John Douglas Harvey, R.N. (10 October, 1891 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Harvey passed out of the Training Establishment on 15 January, 1909 and was immediately appointed to the battlecruiser Inflexible. On 15 May 1910, he was appointed to Cochrane by the commander-in chief. After a half-year there, he went through brief appointments in Scourge and Hibernia before being appointed for six months to Indomitable, where he remained until 30 May, 1913 except for a six-week loan back to Cochrane.[1]

Harvey was appointed to the destroyer Phoenix on 30 May, 1913. While in her, he was re-appointed as acting first Lieutenant on 4 March, 1914 before being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 May, 1914.[2]

Harvey left his role as first lieutenant in Phoenix when he was appointed to the newly worked-up "M" Class destroyer Pigeon on 3 May, 1916.[3]

On 18 August, 1917, he was given his first command, of the patrol boat P29.[4]

Harvey was appointed in command of the destroyer Oriole on 17 December, 1917.[5]

Post-War

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Starfish on 24 October, 1919.[6]

In January, 1920 Harvey received an uncommonly glowing evaluation from Captain Bingham: "specially Brilliant Destroyer captain. Handles his destroyer perfectly. Unusual judgment & nerve. Very highly recommended."[7]

Harvey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 May, 1922.[8]

In November, 1922, Harvey was appointed in command of Sparrowhawk. Before the end of the year, he grounded her and the Admiralty expressed its displeasure at his "lack of seamanlike precaution". In 1924, Harvey was similarly faulted for a collision between Volunteer and some yard craft.[9]

Harvey was promoted to the rank of Commander on 11 October, 1934.[10]

World War II

In August 1939, he was made Naval Officer in Charge, Hartlepool and placed in command of H.M.S. Paragon. On 16 September 1941, he was appointed in command of the armed merchant cruiser Alcantara vice Ingham, serving with the acting rank of captain while in that appointment. This work ended on 17 July, 1943 and Harvey reverted to the rank of Commander and was placed on the books of Victory, not to join. An appointment to Dinosaur for command of a squadron of L.C.I. (Landing Craft, Infantry) was contemplated and cancelled.

The balance of the conflict saw Harvey in a variety of roles such as a Chief Naval Instructor out of Brontosaurus and staff work in Bombay.

Harvey was granted the War Service rank of Captain on 6 April, 1946.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles C. de M. Malan
Captain of H.M.S. P29
17 Aug, 1917[12][13] – 17 Dec, 1917[14]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Edward R. M. Geake
Captain of H.M.S. Oriole
17 Dec, 1917[15][16] – 22 Oct, 1919[17]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George A. Scott
Captain of H.M.S. Starfish
24 Oct, 1919[18][19] – 6 Jul, 1921[20]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Montague R. Bernard
Captain of H.M.S. Valkyrie
6 Jul, 1921[21] – 31 Jan, 1922[22]
Succeeded by
Ralph Kerr
Preceded by
Philip J. Mack
Captain of H.M.S. Tuscan
27 Apr, 1922[23] – Nov, 1922[24]
Succeeded by
Richard L. Hamer
Preceded by
Austen G. Lilley
Captain of H.M.S. Sparrowhawk
Nov, 1922[25][26] – 30 Sep, 1923[27]
Succeeded by
Gerald M. McKenna
Preceded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman
Captain of H.M.S. Woolston
1 Jan, 1924[28][29] – 1 Sep, 1924[30]
Succeeded by
Austen G. Lilley
Preceded by
Edward S. F. Fegen
Captain of H.M.S. Volunteer
1 Sep, 1924[31] – 9 Feb, 1925[32]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. C. Bolster
Preceded by
Thomas C. C. Bolster
Captain of H.M.S. Wren
9 Feb, 1925[33][34] – 1 Apr, 1926[35]
Succeeded by
David J. R. Simson
Preceded by
John E. Phayre
Captain of H.M.S. Wolsey
19 Feb, 1925[36]c. late Mar, 1925[Inference]
Succeeded by
Cyril J. H. Hill
Preceded by
Gerald M. McKenna
Captain of H.M.S. Whirlwind
1 May, 1926[37] – 10 Dec, 1927[38]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  2. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  3. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  4. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 855.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 867.
  7. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  8. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  9. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  10. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  11. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  12. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  13. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396e.
  14. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  15. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  16. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 855.
  17. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  18. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 867.
  20. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  21. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  22. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  23. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  24. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  25. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  26. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 814.
  27. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  28. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  29. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 290.
  30. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  31. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  32. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  33. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 291.
  34. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  35. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  36. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  37. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.
  38. Harvey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/166. f. 165.