Mark Singleton

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Lieutenant-Commander Mark Singleton, D.S.O., R.N. (24 June, 1887 – 21 December, 1952) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Somerset, the son of Reverend J. Singleton.

Singleton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1909.

On June 3, 1915, Singleton commanded gunboat Shaitan and effected the retreat of 2,000 Turks from Amara and the capture of a further 250 by expending a mere three shells and "a display of cool audacity which even the Royal Navy would find hard to equal." This performance would earn Singleton his D.S.O..[1]

Singleton was appointed in command of the gunboat Shaitan on 9 December, 1914 and would operate her near Kut.[2] On 29 December, 1915, he left Shaitan for a command appointment in the gunboat Greenfly.

Singleton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1917.

Singleton was appointed in command of the destroyer Patrician on 29 March, 1918.[3]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Splendid on 8 May, 1920.[4] Though he'd been superseded in command on 18 March, 1922, on 7 April Singleton was Court Martialed for drinking intoxicating liquors to such excess as to produce illness and was sentenced to be dismissed his ship and be severely reprimanded.

Singleton was placed on the Retired List as medically unfit owing to defective vision on 21 December, 1923. In 1939, he reported that he was nearly blind since 1921.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Greenfly
29 Dec, 1915 – 4 Mar, 1916
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Seymour
Preceded by
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Captain of H.M.S. Stonefly
26 Feb, 1916[5] – 28 Jan, 1918
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Francis G. Glossop
Captain of H.M.S. Patrician
29 Mar, 1918[6] – 1 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
George C. Jones
Preceded by
William G. A. Shuttleworth
Captain of H.M.S. Skilful
1 Oct, 1919[7] – 2 Mar, 1920
Succeeded by
Cuthbert H. Heath-Caldwell
Preceded by
Henry D. C. Stanistreet
Captain of H.M.S. Splendid
8 May, 1920[8] – 18 Mar, 1922
Succeeded by
Eric P. Vivian

Footnotes

  1. Naval Operations. Volume III. p. 21.
  2. Naval Operations. Volume III. pp. 190, 194.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 862.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 866.
  5. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398a.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 862.
  7. The Navy List. (March, 1920). p. 908.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 866.