Ralph Vincent Eyre

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Captain Ralph Vincent Eyre, D.S.O., R.N., Retired (21 September, 1882 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Mayfair West, the son of retired Colonel Henry R. Eyre, Coldstream Guards Regiment.

After having already commanded an impressive three destroyers as a Sub-Lieutenant, Eyre was appointed in command of the destroyer Brisk on 31 December, 1911.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1912 and would remain in command of Brisk until being appointed in command of the new "M" Class destroyer H.M.S. Mounsey in October 1915.

Eyre would command her at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Eleventh Destroyer Flotilla.[2]

Eyre was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1916.[3]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Wryneck on 18 September, 1918.[4]


Eyre was placed on the Retired List at his own request upon expiration of his foreign service leave, which occurred on 2 March, 1923.

Eyre was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 21 September, 1927.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Cecil R. Hemans
Captain of H.M.S. Salmon
20 Mar, 1909[5] – 1 Dec, 1909
Succeeded by
Norman A. K. Money
Preceded by
Edward H. Cater
Captain of H.M.S. Osprey
1 Dec, 1909[6] – 15 Aug, 1910
Succeeded by
Eric Q. Carter
Preceded by
Charles W. J. Howard
Captain of H.M.S. Orwell
15 Aug, 1910[7] – 31 Dec, 1911
Succeeded by
Ernest H. B. Williams
Preceded by
Sandford G. R. Nevile
Captain of H.M.S. Brisk
31 Dec, 1911[8] – Oct, 1915
Succeeded by
William W. Wilson
Preceded by
William W. Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Mounsey
Oct, 1915[9] – 14 Jan, 1918
Succeeded by
Francis W. Craven
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Vittoria
14 Jan, 1918 – 18 Sep, 1918
Succeeded by
Frank C. Peet
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Wryneck
18 Sep, 1918[10] – 6 Aug, 1920
Succeeded by
Alexander S. Douglas
Preceded by
Basil R. Brooke
Captain of H.M.S. Magnolia
15 Oct, 1921 – 27 Dec, 1921[Inference]
Succeeded by
Basil R. Brooke


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 285.
  2. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 45.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 345.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 945a.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 371.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 351.
  7. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 351.
  8. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392m.
  9. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395u.
  10. The Navy List. (August, 1920). p. 902-945.