William Reginald Denys Crowther

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Captain (retired) William Reginald Denys Crowther, O.B.E. (9 October, 1883 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of William A. Crowther, surgeon, Crowther gained five months' time on passing out of Britannia.

Crowther was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 December, 1911.[1]

Crowther was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 December, 1903.[2]

On 9 November 1905, Crowther suffered a compound fracture in his toes when the hatches on a lighter collapsed. He was declared fit on 18 January 1906 and in March awarded a 200 pound gratuity for the injury.[3]

In January, 1911, Crowther was appointed in command of the B 1, but in February was cautioned for grounding the boat.

Crowther was appointed in command of the third class protected cruiser Pactolus on 24 September, 1912, and placed in command of the Lamlash Submarine Flotilla.[4]

In March, 1914, Crowther was blamed when Pactolus collided with the brig Traveller.

Crowther was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1916.[5]

Crowther was in Granton Hospital for four days in April, 1918 for laryngitis.[6]

Post-War

Crowther was awarded an O.B.E. (mil) for his work in submarine establishments and at sea during the war. It was invested on 22 April, 1920 at Buckingham Palace.

Crowther retired at his own request on 6 September, 1920.[7]

Crowther was advanced to the rank of Captain on his forty-fifth birthday on 9 October, 1928.[8]

World War II

In August 1939, Crowther was appointed in command of H.M.S. Mentor, a shore base in Stornoway providing accommodation for the air and ground crew of 700 Naval Air Squadron, and as Naval Officer in Charge, Stornoway.

On 16 April, 1940, Crowther was appointed as Naval Officer in Charge, Faroes, vice Down. A variety of other appointments dotted the war, including liaison work with the Americans in Marseilles. TODO: more in service record

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. B 8
10 May, 1907[9]
Succeeded by
George W. E. Naper
Preceded by
Reginald B. Darke
Captain of H.M.S. B 1
5 Jan, 1911[10][11] – 1 Dec, 1911[12]
Succeeded by
Ernald G. H. Master
Preceded by
Ferdinand E. B. Feilmann
Captain of H.M.S. C 1
5 Jan, 1911[13]
Succeeded by
James C. Wauhope
Preceded by
Robert B. Ramsay
Captain of H.M.S. D 1
1 Dec, 1911[14] – 10 May, 1912[15]
Succeeded by
Archibald D. Cochrane
Preceded by
Gerald C. A. Marescaux
Captain of H.M.S. Pactolus
24 Sep, 1912[16][17] – 4 Aug, 1915[18]
Succeeded by
Alexander G. Wright
Preceded by
?
Lieutenant-Commander (S), Ninth Submarine Flotilla
24 Sep, 1912[19]
Succeeded by
Henry P. Hughes
Preceded by
?
Senior Naval Officer, Ardrossan
10 Jan, 1915[20][21] – 4 Aug, 1915[22]
Succeeded by
Alexander G. Wright
Preceded by
Vernon H. S. Haggard
Captain of H.M.S. Vulcan
25 Jul, 1915[23][24] – 17 Sep, 1916[25]
Succeeded by
Richard F. White
Preceded by
Malcolm K. de M. Burgess
Commander (S), Sixth Submarine Flotilla
17 Sep, 1916[26] – Jan, 1918[27]
Succeeded by
John B. Glencross
as Captain (S), Sixth Submarine Flotilla
Preceded by
Geoffrey Layton
Captain of H.M.S. K 6
Jan, 1918[28] – 7 Mar, 1919[29]
Succeeded by
Frederick C. C. Kennedy
Preceded by
Ernest W. Leir
Captain of H.M.S. Ithuriel
7 Mar, 1919[30][31] – 1 Dec, 1919[32]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George A. Saltren-Willett
as Lieutenant-Commander (S), First Submarine Flotilla
Commander (S), First Submarine Flotilla
7 Mar, 1919[33][34] – 1 Dec, 1919[35]
Succeeded by
Cecil P. Talbot
as Captain (S), First Submarine Flotilla
Preceded by
James D. D. Stewart
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Arthur
13 Jan, 1920[36] – 1 Jul, 1920[37]
Succeeded by
Gilbert H. Kellett

Footnotes

  1. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 19.
  3. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 353.
  5. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  6. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  7. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  8. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 318.
  10. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  11. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 344.
  12. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 344.
  14. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  15. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  16. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 366j.
  18. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  19. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 353.
  20. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  21. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 366j.
  22. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  23. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  24. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399f.
  25. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  26. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  27. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  28. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  29. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  30. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  31. The Navy List. (November, 1919). pp. 702-3, 823.
  32. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  33. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  34. The Navy List. (November, 1919). pp. 702-3.
  35. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  36. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.
  37. Crowther Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/160. f. 564.