Osmond James Prentis

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Commander Osmond James Prentis (17 July, 1874 – 28 April, 1915) was an officer in the Royal Navy who died in command of Wolverine at the Dardanelles.

Life & Career

Prentis gained five months time on passing out of Britannia. He spoke some French and earned consistently positive evaluations throughout his naval career.

Prentis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1897.[1]

Prentis was appointed in command of either Welland or Mallard on 31 July, 1904 – the ship's name is not clear in his service record.[2]

Prentis was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1908.[3]

Prentis was appointed in command of the destroyer Mallard on 20 February, 1913.[4]

On 1 April, 1913, Prentis was appointed in command of the destroyer Garry.[5]

On 20 November, 1913, he was appointed in command of the Beagle Class destroyer Wolverine.[6]

In April 1914, Admiral Milne noted the "able manner in which this offr. carried out duties of Senr. offr. of Mediterranean Destroyer Flotilla from April 1913."[7]

Great War

Prentis remained in Wolverine in the Mediterranean. On 9 March, 1915 Prentis lent whalers to help bring men off the shore after landing operations.

While Wolverine was working as a high speed minesweeper in the Dardanelles area on 28 April, 1915, Commander Prentis was killed by a shell which struck her bridge.[8]

He was gazetted on 16 August, 1915 for his work in support of landings on 25/6 April in which he "[c]arried out minesweeping operations inside Dardanelles in most satis manner, frequently under heavy fire." [9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Wyndham L. Bamber
Captain of H.M.S. Zebra
19 Jun, 1903[10] – 2 Nov, 1903[11]
Succeeded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Preceded by
Douglas R. M. Nicholson
Captain of H.M.S. Dove
3 Nov, 1903[12] – 26 Nov, 1903[13]
Succeeded by
Anselan J. B. Stirling
Preceded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Captain of H.M.S. Zebra
27 Nov, 1903[14] – 13 Feb, 1904[15]
Succeeded by
Walter G. Jones
Preceded by
Brian H. F. Barttelot
Captain of H.M.S. Peterel
13 Feb, 1904[16] – 19 Apr, 1904[17]
Succeeded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Preceded by
Evan C. Bunbury
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
19 Apr, 1904[18] – 20 May, 1904[19]
Succeeded by
Michael Barne
Preceded by
Vernon F. Tuson
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
31 Jul, 1904[20] – 13 Sep, 1904[21]
Succeeded by
Ernest L. C. Muntz
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Welland
31 Jul, 1904[22] – 13 Sep, 1904[23]
Succeeded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Preceded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Captain of H.M.S. Peterel
13 Sep, 1904[24][25] – 1 Nov, 1904[26]
Succeeded by
Arthur Bromley
Preceded by
William W. Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Derwent
17 Jan, 1905[27][28] – 5 Jan, 1906[29]
Succeeded by
George P. England
Preceded by
George P. England
Captain of H.M.S. Vixen
5 Jan, 1906[30] – 23 Jan, 1906[31]
Succeeded by
William Cadman
Preceded by
Robert C. Hocking
Captain of H.M.S. Ness
27 Mar, 1906[32] – 1 Apr, 1906[33]
Succeeded by
George P. Leith
Preceded by
Robert J. Buchanan
Captain of H.M.S. Spitfire
1 Apr, 1906[34] – 28 May, 1906[35]
Succeeded by
William F. Benwell
Preceded by
Walter L. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Leopard
28 May, 1906[36] – 30 Jul, 1906[37]
Succeeded by
Francis A. W. Buller
Preceded by
Basil G. Washington
Captain of H.M.S. Seal
30 Jul, 1906[38][39] – 7 Oct, 1907[40]
Succeeded by
Harold V. Dundas
Preceded by
Hugh R. Tickell
Captain of H.M.S. Locust
7 Oct, 1907[41] – 12 Mar, 1908[42]
Succeeded by
Berwick Curtis
Preceded by
James R. P. Hawksley
Captain of H.M.S. Ure
12 Mar, 1908[43][44] – 25 Jan, 1909[45]
Succeeded by
Lionel J. G. Anderson
Preceded by
Gerald C. Dickens
Captain of H.M.S. Foam
Nov, 1911[46]
Succeeded by
Seymour F. Rowe
Preceded by
Henry W. Osburn
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
20 Feb, 1913[47] – 1 Apr, 1913[48]
Succeeded by
James L. C. Clark
Preceded by
Henry W. Osburn
Captain of H.M.S. Garry
1 Apr, 1913[49][50] – Nov, 1913[51]
Succeeded by
Graham R. L. Edwards
Preceded by
Graham R. L. Edwards
Captain of H.M.S. Wolverine
20 Nov, 1913[52][53] – 28 Apr, 1915[54]
Succeeded by
Adrian St. V. Keyes

Footnotes

  1. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  2. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  3. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 343.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 319.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 397a.
  7. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  8. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 113.
  9. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  10. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  11. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  12. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  13. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  14. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  15. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  16. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  17. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  18. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  19. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  20. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  21. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  22. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  23. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  24. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 357.
  26. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 300.
  28. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  29. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  30. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  31. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  32. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  33. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  34. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  35. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  36. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  37. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  38. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  39. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 374.
  40. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  41. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  42. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  43. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  44. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 388.
  45. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  46. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 316.
  47. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 343.
  48. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  49. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  50. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 319.
  51. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  52. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  53. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 399h.
  54. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.