Claud Barrington Barry

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Admiral SIR Claud Barrington Barry, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O. Royal Navy, Retired (17 July, 1891 – 27 December, 1951) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Charles E. Barry, Esq., solicitor. Barry emerged from the Training Establishment on 15 January, 1909 and was appointed to the battleship Lord Nelson of Home Fleet.

Barry served fourteen months in the battleship before being sent to Rother for four months, and then to Natal for another four. He finally went to join the battleship Superb in mid-January 1911 and remained in her a year.

On 30 April, 1912, Barry was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant.[1]

Barry received instruction in submarines at Dolphin from 7 January, 1914 until 4 May, 1914, being was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1914.[2]

The Great War

Barry was appointed to Bonaventure for duty in the submarine C 14 on 4 May, 1914.[3] He served in C14 until 8 October 1915 when he was sent to Adamant as a spare officer to fill in on submarine duties as required. By February 1916 this settled down to service in E 12, where he remained until mid October.

In December 1916, an appointment in command of C 20 was cancelled, and he instead commanded C 21. In mid-June 1917 he left her to command D 4.

D 4 suffered a fire in 1918, and Barry was told by Their Lordships that it was "inconceivable that no proper watch was kept on board."[4]

Barry was in command of the submarine D 4 on 12 May, 1918 when she torpedoed (or used the deck gun, according to his Service Record) and sank UB 72 at 50deg 08' N., 2deg, 41' W..[5] He was awarded the D.S.O. for this action at Buckingham Palace on 26 September, 1918.[6]

After two weeks at a periscope course being run from Dolphin, on 17 June 1918 Barry was appointed to R 12, to take command upon her commissioning.

Post-War

He married Mary Eleanor Masali Campbell on 14 September, 1921 at St. George's Church in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.[7]

Barry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 January, 1922. He was appointed in temporary command of the minesweeper Shrewsbury on 10 July, 1924 and was discharged on 21 August, 1924.[8] On 2 September, 1924, he was appointed in command of Group "M" submarines in reserve.[9]

Barry was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1926.[10]

From 1928 to 1931, Barry worked at the Naval Equipment Division, developing plans for new submarine classes.

He was superseded in command of the submarine Thames in 1933 by Commander Victor Cyril Dorman-Smith.[11]

Barry was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1933.[12]

World War II

Barry was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 12 January, 1943.[13]

Barry was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 6 May, 1946.[14]

He was appointed Director of Dockyards, vice Sir Cecil P. Talbot in December 1946 – a post he would hold until his death.[15]

Barry was promoted to the rank of Admiral and placed on the Retired List on on 1 May, 1950.[16] He was re-employed in the rank of Vice-Admiral and died on 27 December 1951 – four days before his appointment was to expire.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William R. Richardson
Captain of H.M.S. C 21
5 Dec, 1916[17] – 14 Jun, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Preceded by
Eric E. C. Tufnell
Captain of H.M.S. D 4
14 Jun, 1917[19] – 31 May, 1918[20]
Succeeded by
John D. A. Musters
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. R 12
17 Jun, 1918[21] – 25 Feb, 1919[22]
Succeeded by
Maurice W. Bailward
Preceded by
Alfred M. Winser
Captain of H.M.S. J 2
25 Feb, 1919[23] – 30 Aug, 1922[24]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Charles H. Daniel
Captain of H.M.S. Shrewsbury
10 Jul, 1924[25] – 21 Aug, 1924[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Cyril G. B. Coltart
Captain of H.M.S. K 2
Mar, 1925[27] – 13 Nov, 1925[28]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Maurice W. Bailward
Captain of H.M.S. L 16
13 Nov, 1925[29][30] – 1926
Succeeded by
Gerald E. Colpoys
Preceded by
Alexander B. Greig
Captain of H.M.S. K 26
22 Nov, 1926[31][32] – 31 Dec, 1926[33]
Succeeded by
Gerald A. Garnons-Williams
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Thames
10 Oct, 1931[34] – Nov, 1933
Succeeded by
Victor C. Dorman-Smith
Preceded by
Cyril G. B. Coltart
Captain of H.M.S. Medway
12 Feb, 1937[35] – 1939[36]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Cyril G. B. Coltart
Captain (S), Fourth Submarine Flotilla
12 Feb, 1937[37] – 1939[38]
Succeeded by
Gilbert P. Claridge
as Commander (S), Fourth Submarine Flotilla
Preceded by
John G. Crace
Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord
16 Aug, 1939[39] – 11 Oct, 1940[40]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Renfrew Gotto
Captain of H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
31 Oct, 1940[41] – 3 Apr, 1942[42]
Succeeded by
Renfrew Gotto
Preceded by
Charles E. Morgan
Captain of H.M.S. Valiant
3 Apr, 1942[43] – 22 May, 1942
Succeeded by
Leslie H. Ashmore
Preceded by
Sir Max Horton
Rear-Admiral (S)
9 Nov, 1942 – 1944
Succeeded by
George E. Creasy
as Flag Officer, Submarines
Preceded by
Cecil H. J. Harcourt
Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
1945 – 1946
Succeeded by
Maurice J. Mansergh
Preceded by
Sir Cecil P. Talbot
Director of Dockyards
20 Dec, 1946[44] – 27 Dec, 1951[45]
Succeeded by
William Y. La R. Beverley

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 5.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 6.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 285.
  4. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  5. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 1, Part 1. p. 13.
  6. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  7. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  8. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  9. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  10. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  11. Dorman-Smith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/24. f.24.
  12. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  13. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  14. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  15. Thanks to his son, Colin Barry, for this information in email dated 20200518.
  16. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  17. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  18. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  19. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  20. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  21. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  22. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  23. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  24. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  25. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  26. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  27. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  28. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  29. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 250.
  30. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  31. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 249.
  32. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  33. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  34. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 277.
  35. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  36. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  37. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  38. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  39. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  40. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  41. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  42. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  43. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53. f. 150.
  44. Thanks to his son, Colin Barry, for this information in email dated 20200518.
  45. Thanks to his son, Colin Barry, for this information in email dated 20200518.