Joseph Hugh Langdon Yorke

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Commander (retired) Joseph Hugh Langdon Yorke, R.N. (20 September, 1888 – 16 July, 1936) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in New Zealand. Yorke was awarded three months' time on passing out of Britannia and received his first appointment, to the pre-dreadnought Duncan, serving in the Mediterranean, on 15 September, 1904.[1]

On 25 May, 1908, he suffered a bout of Rubella which required a three week stay in Haslar Hospital.[2]

Yorke was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1910.[3]

Great War

Yorke was sent to the hospital ship China to combat eczema and boils. Given six weeks to improve, he went to Haslar on 6 January and emerged fit on 19 February, 1915, being appointed in command of the destroyer Peterel that same day. He would stay in Peterel until December of 1915 when he was moved over to command the River Class destroyer Ouse.[4]

On 11 June, 1916, Yorke was superseded in Ouse by Lt. Arthur E. Durham and was appointed in command of the Acheron Class destroyer Tigress. In her on 14 November, 1916, Yorke's prompt actions in lifesaving efforts following a submarine attack on S.S. Idaho reflected great credit upon him.[5]

Yorke spent a half year in command of Linnet before being appointed in command of the destroyer Skate on 2 July, 1917. He would command her through the end of the war, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 March, 1918.[6][7]

Post-War

On 5 February, 1920, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Trinidad[8] and was mentioned in despatches on 19 May. However, Trinidad received an unsatisfactory inspection in April, 1921.

Yorke was superseded in command of the light cruiser Dartmouth in May, 1928 and placed on the Retired List with the rank of Commander, being medically unfit due to sclerosis on 22 October, 1928. Yorke was informed that the disability could not be viewed as attributable to his naval service, and he was thus not eligible for addition to his retired pay.[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George F. Hole
Captain of H.M.S. Peterel
19 Feb, 1915[10][11] – 16 Dec, 1915[12]
Succeeded by
Alphonse M. Tulloch
Preceded by
Cyril P. Franklin
Captain of H.M.S. Ouse
16 Dec, 1915[13] – 11 Jun, 1916[14]
Succeeded by
Arthur E. Durham
Preceded by
Astley D. C. Cooper-Key
Captain of H.M.S. Tigress
11 Jun, 1916[15][16] – 4 Jan, 1917[17]
Succeeded by
Frank A. C. Baker
Preceded by
James V. Creagh
Captain of H.M.S. Linnet
11 Jan, 1917[18] – 2 Jul, 1917[19]
Succeeded by
John N. Knox
Preceded by
John C. Hodgson
Captain of H.M.S. Skate
2 Jul, 1917[20][21] – 29 Jan, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
Basil E. Reinold
Preceded by
Basil E. Reinold
Captain of H.M.S. Plucky
29 Jan, 1919[23] – 25 Apr, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
John M. Smith
Preceded by
Claude P. Champion de Crespigny
Captain of H.M.S. M.24
25 Apr, 1919[25] – Jul, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
Robert G. M. D. Hunt
Preceded by
Edward T. Grayston
Captain of H.M.S. Cicala
2 Jul, 1919[27][28] – 22 Dec, 1919[29][30]
Succeeded by
Robert G. M. D. Hunt
Preceded by
Lionel G. Foote
Captain of H.M.S. Trinidad
5 Feb, 1920[31][32] – 2 Mar, 1922[33]
Succeeded by
Vernon Hammersley-Heenan
Preceded by
Norman A. G. Ohlenschlager
Captain of H.M.S. Vanessa
15 Dec, 1922[34][35] – Dec, 1923[36]
Succeeded by
Norman A. G. Ohlenschlager
Preceded by
Norman A. G. Ohlenschlager
Captain of H.M.S. Violent
Dec, 1923[37] – 8 Apr, 1924[38]
Succeeded by
Francis E. Wright
Preceded by
Edward C. Thornton
Captain of H.M.S. Forres
15 Aug, 1924[39][40] – 22 Oct, 1925[41]
Succeeded by
Edward S. F. Fegen
Preceded by
Richard Harter
Captain of H.M.S. Sturgeon
22 Oct, 1925[42] – 4 Nov, 1925[43]
Succeeded by
John G. Crossley
Preceded by
Herbert W. Wyld
Captain of H.M.S. Spindrift
c. Nov, 1927[44]c. late Nov, 1927[45]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ivan B. Colvin
Captain of H.M.S. Ursula
21 Nov, 1927[46]c. Dec, 1927[47]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Bernard Acworth
Captain of H.M.S. Dartmouth
early 1928[48] – 1 May, 1928[49]
Succeeded by
Ronald H. C. Hallifax

Footnotes

  1. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  2. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  3. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  4. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  5. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  6. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 365.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 877.
  9. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  10. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  11. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396n.
  12. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  13. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  14. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  15. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  16. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398s.
  17. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  18. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  19. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  20. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  21. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 908.
  22. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  23. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  24. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  25. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  26. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  27. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1920). p. 746.
  29. The Navy List. (January, 1920). p. 746.
  30. The Navy List. (June, 1920). p. 745.
  31. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  32. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 877.
  33. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  34. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  35. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 827.
  36. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  37. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  38. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  39. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 240.
  40. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  41. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  42. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  43. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  44. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  45. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  46. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  47. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  48. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.
  49. Yorke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/260. f. 275.