Ralph Neville

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Commander Ralph Neville (4 September, 1887 – 4 August, 1936) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Yeovil the son of Captain George Neville, R.N., Ralph gained two months' time on passing out of Britannia.

In January, 1907, Arbuthnot noted that Neville had ability, but did not seem to apply himself.

In April, 1908, Neville withdrew from Part I at his father's request.

On 9 March 1909, the Commander-in-Chief received a telegram that Neville was to return home as soon as possible.

Neville was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 August, 1909.[1]

Neville was appointed to the screw sloop Algerine, operating on the West Coast of America, on 1 January, 1910. He remained in her until she paid off on 5 April, 1912 and returned home, arriving 21 April, 1912. On 18 May, he asked to be placed on half pay for six months, but a decision was deferred until after the annual manoeuvres, during which Neville commanded the "B" Class destroyer Quail.[2]

Neville was appointed in command of the destroyer Whiting on 7 October, 1912.[3]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Albatross on 27 June, 1914.[4]

In February, 1915, Albatross collided with something in Immingham Dock and was informed by the Admiral of Patrols that gross carelessness on his part had prompted him to precisely duplicate an earlier accident which had befallen the Earnest.

On Christmas Day 1915, Neville drove Moy into North Breakwater, Tyne.

Neville was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander and appointed in command of the destroyer Redpole on 31 August, 1917.[5]

Post-War

Neville was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 August, 1922.[6]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frederic A. H. Russel
Captain of H.M.S. Quail
2 Jul, 1912[7]c. Aug, 1912[Inference]
Succeeded by
Vernon S. Butler
Preceded by
George B. Hartford
Captain of H.M.S. Whiting
7 Oct, 1912[8][9]c. Dec, 1913[10][11]
Succeeded by
Roger L. Wiles
Preceded by
Clive Phillipps-Wolley
Captain of H.M.S. Albatross
27 Jun, 1914[12][13] – 3 Dec, 1915[14]
Succeeded by
John E. Haswell
Preceded by
Charles G. Naylor
Captain of H.M.S. Moy
8 Dec, 1915[15] – 14 Jan, 1916[16]
Succeeded by
Dudley Stuart
Preceded by
Edwin A. Homan
Captain of H.M.S. Savage
3 Feb, 1916[17][18] – 17 Aug, 1917[19]
Succeeded by
Charlie F. Bush
Preceded by
Ralph W. Wilkinson
Captain of H.M.S. Redpole
17 Aug, 1917[20][21] – 26 Mar, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
William B. Mackenzie
Captain of H.M.S. Acorn
21 Apr, 1919[23][24] – 1 Oct, 1919[25]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Spindrift
1 Oct, 1919[26] – 29 Oct, 1919[27]
Succeeded by
Herbert W. Wyld
Preceded by
Hamilton E. Snepp
Captain of H.M.S. Tactician
27 Oct, 1919[28] – 1 Nov, 1920[29]
Succeeded by
James Figgins

Footnotes

  1. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  2. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 397.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 271.
  5. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  6. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  7. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  8. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 397.
  10. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 397 and January 1914 edition.
  12. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 391e.
  14. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  15. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  16. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  17. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  18. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 397v.
  19. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  20. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  21. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 891.
  22. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  23. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  24. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 722.
  25. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  26. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  27. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  28. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.
  29. Neville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/221. f. 233.