William Henry Darwall

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Captain (retired) William Henry Darwall, D.S.O. (17 February, 1881 – 26 April, 1952) served in the Royal Navy as a navigating officer. After the war, he seemed to be overcome with lethargy.

Life & Career

Born in Dover, William was the son of Captain William Eveleigh Darwall, R.N.. He gained seven months time on passing out of Britannia and received his first appointment to Gibraltar on 1 June, 1897.[1]

Darwall was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1903.[2]

In 1909, he grounded Falcon.[3]

On 12 February, 1910, he was admitted to Plymouth Hospital, suffering from a septic left leg. He was again fit on the 22nd.[4]

Darwall was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 March, 1911.[5]

Great War

Of 5 September, 1914, he damaged Jason's rudder and was told he'd committed an error in judgment in moving his ship in the weather conditions prevailing.[6]

Darwall was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1915.[7]

He was awarded a D.S.O. for his work with convoy sloops in 1917, gazetted 6 April, 1918.[8]

Post-War

Darwall was appointed to Malabar for charge of Naval Personnel, Bermuda on 26 May, 1919. He was unsuccessful in getting his wife and two children on passage on the same ship. In 1920, he was again making such requests, this time for an additional nurse, and was again told there was no way. He subsequently took charge of the Barracks, ending in August, 1921. He left Bermuda on the 23rd, travelling to Britain by way of New York. Captain Allen wrote of him at the end, "Very retired. Lacks energy & personality." Soon enough, Darwall was indeed very retired, being placed on the Retired List at his own request on 2 July, 1922.[9]

Darwall was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 17 February, 1926.[10]

World War II

Darwall was appointed Royal Naval Officer, Folkestone on 28 May 1940, but this lasted only until July when the Flag Officer in Charge wrote, "Has insufficient character [illeg] to get on with his work and is generally ineffective. Folkestone and the coast to Rye which is his area is an important area & I consider that a more efficient officer is necessary to cope with this work." Darwall was placed back on the Retired List on 15 August, 1940.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John A. Gregory
Captain of H.M.S. Janus
15 May, 1905[12][13] – 13 Mar, 1907[14]
Succeeded by
Charles A. Fremantle
Preceded by
Charles W. Cock
Captain of H.M.S. Handy
13 Mar, 1907[15] – 1908[16]
Succeeded by
Basil J. D. Guy
Preceded by
Edward M. C. Rutherfoord
Captain of H.M.S. Falcon
29 Mar, 1909[17][18] – 15 Aug, 1910[19]
Succeeded by
William B. Mackenzie
Preceded by
William B. Mackenzie
Captain of H.M.S. Brazen
15 Aug, 1910[20] – 12 Jan, 1911[21]
Succeeded by
John P. Landon
Preceded by
John M. Barker
Captain of H.M.S. Britomart
29 Mar, 1912[22] – 6 Jan, 1914[23]
Succeeded by
Charles V. L. Norcock
Preceded by
Harold E. Denison
Captain of H.M.S. Jason
1 Aug, 1914[24][25] – Apr, 1916[26]
Succeeded by
Cyril P. Franklin
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Primrose
21 May, 1916[27] – 26 May, 1919[28]
Succeeded by
Joseph Horsfield

Footnotes

  1. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 20.
  3. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  4. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  5. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  6. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  7. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  8. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  9. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  10. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  11. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  12. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  13. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 334.
  14. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  15. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  16. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  17. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  18. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 316.
  19. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  20. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  21. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  22. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 288.
  23. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  24. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395e.
  26. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  27. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 885.
  28. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.