Valentine Maurice Wyndham-Quin

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Commander (retired) THE HONOURABLE Valentine Maurice Wyndham-Quin, R.N. (22 May, 1890 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born the son of a Colonel and M.P., Wyndham-Quin gained one and a half months time on passing out of Britannia. His first naval appointment was to the battleship King Edward VII on 15 January, 1907. He would serve exclusively in battleships until 13 February, 1911 when he was appointed to Victory for the destroyer Lyra.[1]

Wyndham-Quin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1912.[2]

Wyndham-Quin was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 037 on 3 March, 1914.[3]

On 16 September, 1918, Wyndham-Quin was appointed in command of the destroyer Tempest.[4]

Post-War

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Sepoy on 14 November, 1919.[5]

Wyndham-Quin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1920.[6] His naval career was to suffer a cascading series of mistakes. 1922 saw a Court of Enquiry into the loss of a torpedo from Verdun and, later, a collision between Wyndham-Quin's Venetia and sister Violent. In 1923, Venetia lost a chain cable overboard and had a discrepancy in her stores. Wyndham-Quin was rebuked in each of these incidents.

Things quieted down for him during several destroyer commands, unpaid time and work in Malta, but in 1928 a Court of Enquiry probed "irregularities" during Wyndham-Quin's command of the destroyer H.M.S. Tara and the level of displeasure spiked. Beyond a deplorable "lack of supervision and neglect to realize responsibilities", the particulars are illegible, but it is noted that Wyndham-Quin was "not to be given another appointment in command."[7]

On 12 August, 1932, he was appointed to the yacht Enchantress as second in command to Commander John Brooke. Superseded on 1 September 1933.[8]

Wyndham-Quin was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Commander on 12 October, 1933.[9]

World War II

Wyndham-Quin served in command of several yachts, including Alastor appointed on 9 September 1939 to assume command upon her commissioning, and for Medusa on 20th September.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
David B. Nicol
Captain of H.M. T.B. 037
3 Mar, 1914[10]
Succeeded by
William J. Berry
Preceded by
Humphrey M. Robson
Captain of H.M.S. Waveney
9 Jun, 1916[11]
Succeeded by
Hamilton C. Allen
Preceded by
Joseph B. Newill
Captain of H.M.S. Beaver
15 Feb, 1917[12]
Succeeded by
Frederick A. Tollemache
Preceded by
F. Burges Watson
Captain of H.M.S. Tempest
16 Sep, 1918[13]
Succeeded by
John J. C. Ridley
Preceded by
Herbert Owen
Captain of H.M.S. Tristram
19 Jun, 1919[14]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
William A. C. Salmond
Captain of H.M.S. Sepoy
14 Nov, 1919[15]
Succeeded by
Ambrose T. N. Abbay
Preceded by
Arthur E. H. Wright
Captain of H.M.S. Venetia
22 Aug, 1922[16] – 1923
Succeeded by
Reginald Nash
Preceded by
Charles M. Blackman
Captain of H.M.S. Vimiera
6 May, 1924[17]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Wyndham-Quin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/322. f. 696.
  2. Wyndham-Quin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/322. f. 696.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 384.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 916.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 863.
  6. Wyndham-Quin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/322. f. 696.
  7. Wyndham-Quin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/322. f. 696.
  8. Wyndham-Quin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/322. f. 696.
  9. Wyndham-Quin Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/322. f. 696.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 384.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 399h.
  12. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391q.
  13. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 916.
  14. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 921a.
  15. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 863.
  16. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 828.
  17. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 284.

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