Edward Lyon Berthon

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Captain Edward Lyon Berthon, D.S.O., D.S.C.* (15 September, 1894 – 23 October, 1941) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

In mid-May 1912, he was appointed to the battleship Agamemnon oif the Second Battle Squadron. On 2 April 1915 he was sent to the destroyer Racoon. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 September, 1916, and left Racoon on 15 September 1917 when he was appointed to the new "V" Class destroyer Vanquisher. He left her after just one month, however, for Pelican.

Berthon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 September, 1924.

Berthon was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1929.

Berthon was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1937.

World War II

Berthon was mentioned in Despatches for "good services in the withdrawal of the Allied Armies from the beaches at Dunkirk between 27th May – 4th June 1940."

Berthon was appointed in command of the destroyer Cossack on 10 July, 1941. She was torpedoed on 23 October 1941 while escorting a convoy from Gibraltar to Britain and sank four days later on 27 October. 159 men were lost, including Berthon.

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Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Meredith S. Spalding
Captain of H.M.S. Viceroy
28 Mar, 1925[1] – 1 Jul, 1927
Succeeded by
Alastair G. Davidson
Preceded by
Philip H. Calderon
Captain of H.M.S. Wivern
1 Jul, 1927[2] – 11 Sep, 1928[3]
Succeeded by
Guy B. Amery-Parkes
Preceded by
Louis H. K. Hamilton
Captain of H.M.S. Wild Swan
12 Sep, 1928[4] – Nov, 1929
Succeeded by
Colin C. L. Mackenzie
Preceded by
Eric E. Addis
Captain of H.M.S. Philomel
2 Jan, 1931[5] – 1933
Succeeded by
Basil C. B. Brooke
Preceded by
Nelson Clover
Naval Officer in Charge, Auckland
2 Jan, 1931[6] – Aug, 1934
Succeeded by
Basil C. B. Brooke
Preceded by
John N. Knox
Captain of H.M.S. Crusader
31 Aug, 1934[7] – 21 Sep, 1936[Inference]
Succeeded by
Cecil P. F. Brown
Preceded by
Walter N. T. Beckett
Captain of H.M.S. Winchester
21 Sep, 1936[8] – 14 Jul, 1937
Succeeded by
Philip N. Walter
Preceded by
Philip L. Vian
Captain of H.M.S. Keppel
28 Sep, 1938[9] – 27 May, 1940[10]
Succeeded by
Francis S. W. de Winton
Preceded by
Walter H. G. Fallowfield
Captain in Charge, Ceylon
15 Oct, 1938[11] – Jan, 1940
Succeeded by
Basil O. Bell-Salter
as Naval Officer in Charge, Ceylon
Preceded by
David J. R. Simson
Captain of H.M.S. Keith
27 May, 1940 – 1 Jun, 1940
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Philip Louis Vian
Captain (D), Nineteenth Destroyer Flotilla
27 May, 1940 – 1 Jun, 1940
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Philip Louis Vian
Captain of H.M.S. Cossack
10 Jul, 1941[12] – 23 Oct, 1941
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 281.
  2. Berthon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/145/702. f. ?.
  3. Berthon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/145/702. f. ?.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 289.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 300.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 300.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 226.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 292.
  9. Berthon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/15. f. ?.
  10. Berthon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/117/15. f. ?.
  11. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 313.
  12. Berthon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/93/46. f. ?.