Roger L'Estrange Murray Rede

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Captain Roger L'Estrange Murray Rede, D.S.O. (30 August, 1878 – 3 March, 1930) was an officer in the Royal Navy. His name is one of those that sticks in an editor's mind.

Life & Career

Rede was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1901.[1]

Rede was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 December, 1909.[2]

On 12 February, 1913, Rede was appointed as Lieutenant & Commander of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 8.[3]

On 22 April, 1913, Rede was admitted to Chatham Hospital with a renal condition. He was declared fit on 9 May.[4]

On 21 January, 1914, he was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 23.[5]

Rede was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1914.[6]

Great War

Rede started the war with a matrimonial turn, marrying Elfrida Clement on 22 August, 1914, at St. Paul's in Sheerness..[7]

Upon being superseded in command of T.B. 23 on 30 April, 1915, Rede was appointed as executive officer in the battleship Albemarle, where Captain Nugent noted that he was capable and had qualities that would recommend him as a captain. Commended for his conduct when the ship was heavily damaged in a storm on 7 November, 1915, Rede would serve in Albemarle until she paid off on 19 September, 1916. On the 30th, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Martin.[8]

On 15 October, 1917, Rede was appointed in command of the destroyer Trident.[9]

On 20 December, 1917, Rede was appointed in command of the flotilla leader Botha, which was then one of seven flotilla leaders in the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla, operating as part of the Dover Patrol.[10]

Rede was awarded the D.S.O. for services against German destroyers off the Belgian coast in the Action of 21 March, 1918, when he took Botha through a barrage of gunfire without checking to see if the rest of his division were following and proceeded to ram and cut an enemy torpedo boat in two. The success of the engagement was thought to hinge upon his example of leadership.[11] Botha had 13 men killed in the battle.[12]

Rede was appointed in command of the flotilla leader Seymour on 7 November, 1918.[13]

Post-War

Rede was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1918.[14]

On 1 March, 1919, Rede was appointed to Dido for Swift as Assistant Captain (D), Portsmouth. He was superseded in Swift on the 24th of the month, and on the 28th was appointed in command of the Lightfoot Class flotilla leader Nimrod, and as Assistant Captain (D), Portsmouth.[15]

Rede was appointed to Resolution, additional on 21 April, 1928, to take command upon joining her. Rede was superseded in August, 1929.[16]

On 14 October, 1929, Rede went to a Senior Officers' War Course. This ended on 21 February, 1930 and Rede died just ten days later — no cause is listed on his service record. He was buried at sea from his last command, Resolution, on 13 April, 1930.[17]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Theodore E. J. Bigg
Captain of H.M. T.B. 8
12 Feb, 1913[18][19] – Feb, 1914[20]
Succeeded by
John R. Johnston
Preceded by
Frederick A. Warner
Captain of H.M. T.B. 23
21 Jan, 1914[21] – 30 Apr, 1915[22]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Onslow
Preceded by
Ambrose M. Peck
Captain of H.M.S. Martin
30 Sep, 1916[23][24] – 15 Oct, 1917[25]
Succeeded by
Henry M. Coombs
Preceded by
Clarence W. E. Trelawny
Captain of H.M.S. Trident
15 Oct, 1917[26][27] – 20 Dec, 1917[28]
Succeeded by
Robert H. B. Hammond-Chambers
Preceded by
Graham R. L. Edwards
Captain of H.M.S. Botha
20 Dec, 1917[29] – 28 May, 1918[30]
Succeeded by
Robert H. B. Hammond-Chambers
Preceded by
Wilfred Tomkinson
as Captain (D), Sixth Destroyer Flotilla
Commander (D), Sixth Destroyer Flotilla
29 May, 1918[31] – 31 Jul, 1918[32][33]
Succeeded by
The Hon. William S. Leveson-Gower
as Captain (D), Sixth Destroyer Flotilla
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Douglas
Jul, 1918[34] – 7 Nov, 1918[35]
Succeeded by
Brien M. Money
Preceded by
Brien M. Money
Captain of H.M.S. Seymour
7 Nov, 1918[36][37] – 1 Mar, 1919[38]
Succeeded by
Rowland H. Bather
Preceded by
Hugh U. Fletcher
Captain of H.M.S. Nimrod
28 Mar, 1919[39][40] – 28 Mar, 1921[41]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Cundall
Preceded by
Arthur G. Tippet
Captain of H.M.S. Bruce
2 Aug, 1921[42] – 29 Apr, 1922[43]
Succeeded by
John C. Hodgson
Preceded by
Alan C. Bruce
Captain (D), Ninth Destroyer Flotilla
2 Aug, 1921[44] – 29 Apr, 1922[45]
Succeeded by
John C. Hodgson
Preceded by
Humphrey T. Walwyn
Captain of H.M.S. Spenser
9 May, 1922[46] – 1 Nov, 1923[47]
Succeeded by
Eric G. Robinson
Preceded by
Humphrey T. Walwyn
Captain (D), Second Destroyer Flotilla
9 May, 1922[48] – 1 Nov, 1923[49]
Succeeded by
Eric G. Robinson
Preceded by
George W. McO. Campbell
Assistant Director of the Mobilisation Department
4 Apr, 1924[50] – 4 Apr, 1926[51]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Cecil V. Usborne
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
21 Apr, 1928[52] – Aug, 1929[53]
Succeeded by
Edward B. S. Bingham

Footnotes

  1. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  2. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 400.
  4. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401.
  6. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  7. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  8. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  9. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  10. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  11. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  12. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 473.
  13. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 906a.
  14. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  15. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  16. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  17. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  18. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  19. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 401.
  20. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  21. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401.
  22. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  23. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  24. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396aa.
  25. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  26. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398n.
  28. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  29. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  30. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  31. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  32. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  33. Tomkinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 375.
  34. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  35. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  36. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  37. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 906a.
  38. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  39. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  40. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 816.
  41. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  42. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  43. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  44. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  45. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  46. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  47. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  48. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  49. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  50. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  51. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  52. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.
  53. Rede Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/42. f. 42.