John Walter Durnford

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Vice-Admiral John Walter Durnford, C.B., R.N., Retired (25 October, 1891 – 7 February, 1967) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Promoted to Sub-Lieutenant on 29 February, 1912.[1]

Durnford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 28 February, 1914.[2]

Durnford was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the destroyer Porpoise on 27 August, 1918.[3]

He was thanked for his services in rescuing men from a steam ship on 19 September, 1918. On 21 October, he was admitted to hospital with influenza.

Post-War

Durnford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 28 February, 1922.[4]

Durnford was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1927. On 18 February, 1928, he was lent to the Royal Australian Navy for two years. In the event, he actually reverted to Royal Navy service on 1 August, 1930.[5]

Durnford was appointed in command of Echo for trials and service around August, 1934.[6]

Durnford was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1935.[7]

World War II

On 2 June, 1940 Durnford was made Chief Staff officer to the Flag Officer in Charge, Greenock, temporary vice Creswell.

Durnford was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 7 July, 1944.[8]

In 1947, he was found unfit and underwent a prostatectomy at St. Peter's Hospital.

Durnford was placed on the Retired List on 12 February, 1948.[9]

Durnford was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 13 July, 1948. He was granted permission to proceed to France and Italy. From 1 January 1950 to end of 1952, he was appointed Naval Assessor to House of Lords and to Home Office.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edmund Johnstone
Captain of H.M.S. P39
21 Feb, 1918[11] – 22 Aug, 1918[12]
Succeeded by
Laurence H. Jeans
Preceded by
Frederick W. F. Fegen
Captain of H.M.S. Porpoise
27 Aug, 1918[13][14] – 3 Feb, 1919[15]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Henry E. Dale
Captain of H.M.S. Offa
3 Feb, 1919[16] – 16 Oct, 1919[17]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Norman A. G. Ohlenschlager
Captain of H.M.S. Sirdar
8 Jan, 1921[18] – Apr, 1921[19]
Succeeded by
Richard Harter
Preceded by
Edward C. Thornton
Captain of H.M.S. Raider
20 Apr, 1921[20] – 15 Mar, 1922[21]
Succeeded by
Patrick B. Crohan
Preceded by
Malcolm Murray
Captain of H.M.S. Sorceress
May, 1922[22] – 3 Jan, 1923[23]
Succeeded by
Norman B. Weir
Preceded by
John H. Jauncey
Captain of H.M.S. Volunteer
5 Jan, 1923[24] – Oct, 1923[25]
Succeeded by
Edward S. F. Fegen
Preceded by
Edward S. F. Fegen
Captain of H.M.S. Somme
Oct, 1923[26] – 12 Nov, 1923[27]
Succeeded by
Walter N. T. Beckett
Preceded by
Douglas A. Budgen
Captain of H.M.S. Warwick
11 Jan, 1933[28] – 30 Jul, 1934[29]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Echo
c. Aug, 1934[30]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Cecil S. Sandford
Captain of H.M.S. Suffolk
24 Jul, 1939[31] – 31 May, 1940[32]
Succeeded by
Edward C. Thornton
Preceded by
Arthur R. Halfhide
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
25 Jun, 1942[33] – 25 Oct, 1943[34]
Succeeded by
Royer M. Dick

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 23.
  2. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 868.
  4. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  5. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  6. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  7. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  8. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  9. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  10. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  11. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  12. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  13. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  14. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 868.
  15. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  16. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  17. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  18. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  19. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  20. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  21. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 813.
  23. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  24. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  25. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  26. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  27. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  28. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  29. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  30. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  31. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  32. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  33. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.
  34. Durnford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/129. f. 128.