Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux

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Captain Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux, (3 October, 1902 – 21 October, 1944) served in the Royal Australian Navy.

Life & Career

Dechaineux was awarded the Ogilvy Medal for achieving first place in qualifying examinations as Lieutenant (T), but I am not sure what year this was. One source feels it was 1929,[1] but The Times reports that Guy Bouchier Sayer won that year's award. Perhaps they tied?

Dechaineux was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1937.[2]

He was killed in a kamikaze attack on H.M.A.S. Australia on 21 October, 1944.[3]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frank R. W. Parish
Captain of H.M.S. Vivacious
30 May, 1940 – 19 Jun, 1940
Succeeded by
Peter A. R. Withers
Preceded by
Harold B. Farncomb
Captain of H.M.A.S. Australia
9 Mar, 1944[4] – 21 Oct, 1944[5]
Succeeded by
Harley C. Wright


  1. Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  2. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 585.
  3. Royal Australian Navy webpage on Australia.
  4. Royal Australian Navy webpage on Dechaineux.
  5. Royal Australian Navy webpage on Australia.