Victor Essendene Ward

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Captain Victor Essendene Ward (17 February, 1887 – 25 January, 1965) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Midshipman Ward was appointed to the battleship Swiftsure on 17 July, 1905.[1] While serving aboard Swiftsure, Ward was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant on 15 June, 1906.[2]

Ward was appointed to the second class protected cruiser Talbot on 9 August, 1907, and was promoted Lieutenant on 31 December, 1908 while serving aboard her. It was possibly during his time in Talbot that Ward developed an interest in submarines, to judge by a November 1908 report by Captain Yelverton: "Rec'd for S/Ms & for promotion".[3]

Upon leaving Talbot, Ward began his career in submarines upon appointment to the Mercury "for instr[uctio]n in S/M's" on 11 January, 1909. After completing the instructional course he served in submarines attached to Mercury at Portsmouth from 1 April, 1909.[4]

On 1 July, 1911, Ward was appointed additional to the protected cruiser-turned-depôt ship Arrogant for service with submarines of either Section IV or Section V.[5][6]

Ward was appointed in command of the submarine A 2 on 8 November, 1911.[7]

Ward was appointed in command of the submarine A 6 on 8 March, 1912.[8]

Ward was appointed in command of the submarine C 18 on 2 August, 1912.[9]

Ward was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1916.[10]

He was appointed in command of the submarine K 12 on 27 October, 1919.[11]

Ward was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1922.[12]

Ward was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 18 July, 1933.[13]

See Also

Bibliography

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Gerald E. B. Carter
Captain of H.M.S. A 2
8 Nov, 1911[14] Appointed to A 2 1 April, 1909.[15] – ?
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Stephen C. Lyttleton
Captain of H.M.S. A 6
8 Mar, 1912[16] – ?
Succeeded by
Thomas C. A. H. Ouchterlony
Preceded by
Archibald M. Willoughby
Captain of H.M.S. C 18
2 Aug, 1912[17] – ?
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. K 12
27 Oct, 1919[18] – ?
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 381.
  2. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  3. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  4. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1912). pp. 270, 270b, 280.
  6. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  7. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  8. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  9. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  10. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 796.
  12. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  13. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  14. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  15. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 344.
  16. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300
  17. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/300 The Navy List (January, 1915), erroneously lists Ward as having been with C 18 since 1909.
  18. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 796.