Martin John Coucher de Meric

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Rear-Admiral Martin John Coucher de Meric (26 November, 1887 – 11 June, 1943) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Weymouth, the son of a Fleet Surgeon E. V. de Meric.

de Meric was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1910.[1]

Though his service record indicates another vessel, it appears that de Meric was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 98 on 1 May, 1914.[2] He remained in command until 16 March, 1916 when he moved to command T.B. 81. On 16 August, 1916, he left TB. 81 and five days later received an appointment to command the Beagle Class destroyer H.M.S. Wolverine. On 6 January, 1917, de Meric incurred Their Lordships' severe displeasure when the considered that he had failed to obey signals from his superior officer in Hornet when a third destroyer had sighted a U-boat.[3]

de Meric was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1918.

Post-War

On 31 December, 1918, de Meric was appointed in command of the destroyer Tormentor.[4]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Westminster on 1 September, 1920.[5]

de Meric was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 August, 1923.[6]

de Meric was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1929.[7]

On 15 October, 1930, de Meric was loaned to the New Zealand government. The loan was expected to last until May, 1931 but he was appointed back to Portsmouth to attend a partial course on 21 April. A second, two-year loan would commence in March, 1931.He left for home in S.S. Rangitata (?) on 12 May, 1933.[8]

In mid-December, 1934, de Meric was hospitalised with Scarlet Fever.

In 1937, the Governor General, Trinidad thanked the Admiralty for de Meric's role in re-establishing "an atmosphere of confidence and goodwill" following the disturbances.[9]

World War II

On 6 April, 1940, de Meric was admitted to H.M.H.S. Amarapoora with an anxiety neurosis, having arrived in a highly excitable condition, anxious about his work and "unsuitable" living quarters. Not having any organic disease, de Meric was granted sick leave. Inexplicably, he was then appointed in temporary command of the armed merchant cruiser Carnarvon Castle, vice Lewis, on 19 May. Perhaps more judiciously, de Meric was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 25 June, 1940 and placed on the Retired List the following day. He continued to work with the Navy, in shore-based roles in support of the Director of Naval Equipment.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William G. A. Shuttleworth
Captain of H.M. T.B. 98
1 May, 1914[11][12] – 16 Mar, 1916[13]
Succeeded by
Arthur P. Melsom
Preceded by
Astley D. C. Cooper-Key
Captain of H.M. T.B. 81
16 Mar, 1916[14] – 16 Aug, 1916[15]
Succeeded by
Thomas G. Carter
Preceded by
Adrian St. V. Keyes
Captain of H.M.S. Wolverine
21 Aug, 1916[16][17] – Sep, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
Frederick L. Cavaye
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Vehement
26 Sep, 1917[19] – 3 Nov, 1917[20]
Succeeded by
Vernon Hammersley-Heenan
Preceded by
Vernon Hammersley-Heenan
Captain of H.M.S. Orpheus
3 Nov, 1917[21] – 17 May, 1918[22]
Succeeded by
Andrew Johnstone
Preceded by
Ernest G. H. Du Boulay
Captain of H.M.S. Achates
17 May, 1918[23] – 31 Dec, 1918[24]
Succeeded by
Bernard H. Quinn
Preceded by
Percy J. Helyar
Captain of H.M.S. Tormentor
31 Dec, 1918[25][26] – 1 Sep, 1920[27]
Succeeded by
Maxwell A. C. Ritter
Preceded by
Cuthbert P. Blake
Captain of H.M.S. Westminster
1 Sep, 1920[28][29] – 29 Nov, 1921[30]
Succeeded by
Colin S. Thomson
Preceded by
Paul R. B. Stevens
Captain of H.M.S. Newark
8 Jul, 1924[31] – 22 Sep, 1924[32]
Succeeded by
Hugh F. Curry
Preceded by
David B. Nicol
Captain of H.M.S. Serapis
14 Nov, 1924[33] – 9 Jan, 1925[34]
Succeeded by
Edward C. Denison
Preceded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Captain of H.M.S. Valorous
9 Jan, 1925[35][36] – 23 Nov, 1925[37]
Succeeded by
Eldred S. Brooksmith
Preceded by
Vernon Hammersley-Heenan
Captain of H.M.S. Trinidad
23 Nov, 1925[38] – 30 Dec, 1925[39]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. A. H. Ouchterlony
Preceded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Captain of H.M.S. Versatile
1 May, 1926[40] – 31 Mar, 1927[41]
Succeeded by
Colin S. Thomson
Preceded by
Malcolm L. Goldsmith
Captain of H.M.S. Diomede
Oct, 1930[42]c. Apr, 1931[43]
Succeeded by
Fischer B. Watson
Preceded by
Geoffrey Blake
Captain of H.M.S. Dunedin
Apr, 1932[44] – Aug, 1933[45]
Succeeded by
Fischer B. Watson
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Apollo
2 Sep, 1935[46] – 19 Oct, 1938[47]
Succeeded by
Robert R. Stewart
as Captain of H.M.A.S. Hobart
Preceded by
Stuart S. Bonham-Carter
Assistant Director of Naval Equipment
1 Dec, 1938[48] – 18 Sep, 1939[49]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 21.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401a.
  3. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 921.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 899.
  6. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  7. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  8. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  9. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  10. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  11. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299. T.B. 89 specified here, but Navy Lists insist on 98 and the dates line up.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 401a.
  13. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  14. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  15. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  16. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 399j.
  18. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  19. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  20. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  21. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  22. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  23. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  24. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  25. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  26. The Navy List. (September, 1920). p. 876.
  27. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  28. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  29. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 899.
  30. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  31. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  32. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  33. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  34. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  35. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 279.
  36. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  37. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  38. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  39. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  40. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  41. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  42. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  43. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  44. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  45. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  46. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  47. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  48. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.
  49. de Meric Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/284. f. 299.