Leonard Laurence Peel Willan

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Leonard Laurence Peel Willan (17 April, 1877 – 22 November, 1957) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Commander L. P. Willan, R.N. was born in Tokyo, Japan. Willan gained eight months' time on passing out of Britannia.

Willan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June, 1899.[1]

Willan was promoted to the rank of Commander on 22 June, 1911.[2]

Willan was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1917.[3]

Willan was appointed in command of the Lord Nelson on 28 February, 1918.

Post-War

Willan was appointed in command of Castor on 21 December, 1920.[4]

Willan was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 24 March, 1929 and placed on the Retired List the following day.[5]

Willan was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 11 February, 1934.[6]

World War II

In October 1940, Willan was appointed to Eaglet, additional as Commodore of Convoys, serving in the rank of Commodore, Second Class R.N.R..

In early 1942, plebitis in his left leg prompted a recommendation that he receive shore service. On 2 June, he was appointed in command of Flora and as N.O.I.C., Invergordon vice Wolcot to serve in the rank of Captain. He was reverted to the Retired List 11 September 1945.

In 1953, Willan suffered hemoplegia.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William R. Napier
Captain of H.M. T.B. 82
8 Aug, 1902 – 12 Nov, 1902
Succeeded by
Arthur K. Waistell
Preceded by
Charles A. Fountaine
Captain of H.M.S. Donegal
29 Aug, 1917[7] – 28 Feb, 1918[8]
Succeeded by
Edward H. Rymer
Preceded by
Robert N. Bax
Captain of H.M.S. Lord Nelson
28 Feb, 1918[9][10] – May, 1919[11]
Succeeded by
Edward O. Cochrane
Preceded by
William R. Napier
Captain of H.M.S. Castor
21 Dec, 1920[12][13] – 5 May, 1922[14]
Succeeded by
Guy Hamilton
Preceded by
Edward O. Gladstone
Captain of H.M.S. Hecla
1 Nov, 1922[15][16] – 29 Dec, 1924[17]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Edward B. S. Bingham
Preceded by
John F. Grant-Dalton
Captain (D), Nore Reserve Flotilla
1 Nov, 1922[18] – 29 Dec, 1924[19]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Edward B. S. Bingham
as Captain (D), Nore Destroyer Flotilla
Preceded by
George H. Knowles
Captain of H.M.S. Grenville
10 Jul, 1924[20][21] – 29 Dec, 1924[22]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Robert A. Hornell
Captain of H.M.S. Princess Margaret
21 Apr, 1925[23] – 8 Aug, 1927[24]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Arthur G. Craufurd
Commodore-in-Charge, Portland
16 Aug, 1928[25] – 23 Apr, 1929[26]
Succeeded by
Ernest W. Leir

Footnotes

  1. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  2. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  3. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 743.
  5. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 244.
  6. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 244.
  7. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  8. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  9. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1919). pp. 834-5.
  11. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  12. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  13. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 743.
  14. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  15. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  16. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 245.
  17. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  18. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  19. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  20. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  21. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 245.
  22. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  23. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  24. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  25. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.
  26. Willan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/322. f. 322.