John Bostock

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Commander (retired) John Bostock, D.S.C. (24 April, 1897 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of R. Ashton Bostock, Esq., former surgeon for the 2nd Scots Guard.

Curiously, Bostock is listed in The Times as qualifying to join two different terms at Royal Naval College, Osborne: January, 1910[1] and January, 1911.[2] I am assuming that he entered with the later term, but his Service Record indicates January, 1910, too.[3]

Bostock was appointed to the Cornwall at the outbreak of war, but moved to the battleship H.M.S. Warspite in March, 1915. He fought in her at the Battle of Jutland, and on 7 June, 1916 was appointed to the destroyer Attack though he was transferred to the destroyer Medway around on month later.

Bostock served in Medway through the remainder of the war, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1918.

He passed for command of a destroyer in 1925.[4]

Bostock was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1926.[5]

World War II

On 3 September, 1939, Bostock distinguished himself with a "very creditable performance" while rescuing survivors of the torpedoed S.S. Athenia.[6]

Bostock was placed on the Retired List on account of age at the rank of Commander on 24 April, 1942.[7]

See Also

Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Thomas J. N. Hilken
Captain of H.M.S. Wessex
1 Oct, 1924[8] – 7 Nov, 1934[9]
Succeeded by
Walter R. Marshall-A'Deane
Preceded by
Ronald Langton-Jones
Captain of H.M.S. Cicala
9 Jan, 1928[10][11] – Jan, 1930
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Havers
Preceded by
Jack G. Bickford
Captain of H.M.S. Wren
c. Aug, 1930[12] – 2 May, 1931[13]
Succeeded by
St. John A. Micklethwait
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Basilisk
2 May, 1931[14][15] – 29 Aug, 1932[16]
Succeeded by
Roland F. B. Swinley
Preceded by
David J. R. Simson
Captain of H.M.S. Vanquisher
5 Apr, 1933 – 4 May, 1933
Succeeded by
Henry J. Haynes
Preceded by
Rory C. O'Conor
Captain of H.M.S. Wessex
4 May, 1933 – 5 Jul, 1933
Succeeded by
John Bostock
Preceded by
Richard F. Jolly
Captain of H.M.S. Volunteer
5 Jul, 1933 – 1933
Succeeded by
Hugh Gartside-Tippinge
Preceded by
Humphrey M. Robson
Captain of H.M.S. Whitley
c. Aug, 1933 – 28 Oct, 1933
Succeeded by
Eric H. Dyke
Preceded by
John Bostock
Captain of H.M.S. Wessex
28 Oct, 1933 – 29 Nov, 1933[17]
Succeeded by
Thomas J. N. Hilken
Preceded by
Reginald M. Servaes
Captain of H.M.S. Fermoy
late Mar, 1934
Succeeded by
Arthur L. Pears
Preceded by
Godfrey N. Brewer
Captain of H.M.S. Whitehall
1 Oct, 1934 – late 1934
Succeeded by
John M. Rodgers
Preceded by
William D. G. Weir
Captain of H.M.S. Vanoc
3 Sep, 1935[18] – 8 Oct, 1935[19]
Succeeded by
Robert St. V. Sherbrooke
Preceded by
Frank G. L. Bullock
Assistant King's Harbour Master, Sheerness
15 Feb, 1937[20]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John M. Rodgers
Captain of H.M.S. Whitehall
21 Feb, 1938[21][22] – 26 May, 1938[23]
Succeeded by
Frederick J. C. Halahan
Preceded by
Arthur L. Pears
Captain of H.M.S. Scimitar
26 May, 1938[24][25] – 7 Jun, 1938[26]
Succeeded by
Mark Thornton
Preceded by
David J. R. Simson
Captain of H.M.S. Vivien
28 Jul, 1938[27] – 29 Oct, 1938[28]
Succeeded by
William D. G. Weir
Preceded by
Donald K. Bain
Captain of H.M.S. Valorous
3 Apr, 1939 – 6 May, 1939[29]
Succeeded by
Edward Mack
Preceded by
Ernest C. Coats
Captain of H.M.S. Escort
31 Jul, 1939 – 11 Jul, 1940
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Howard S. Jeans
as Captain of U.S.S. Aulick
Captain of H.M.S. Burnham
9 Oct, 1940 – 5 Feb, 1942
Succeeded by
Thomas Taylor

Footnotes

  1. "Cadetships in the Royal Navy." The Times (London, England), Friday, Dec 24, 1909; pg. 4; Issue 39151.
  2. "Royal Naval College, Osborne." The Times (London, England), Friday, Dec 23, 1910; pg. 21; Issue 39463.
  3. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  4. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  5. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  6. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  7. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  8. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  9. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  10. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 225.
  12. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  13. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91. Possibly 15 August.
  14. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  15. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 217.
  16. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  17. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  18. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 282.
  19. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  20. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  21. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  22. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), 22 Feb. 1938, p. 20.
  23. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  24. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  25. "H.M.S. Scimitar." The Times (London, England), Monday, May 30, 1938; pg. 7; Issue 48007.
  26. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  27. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  28. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.
  29. Bostock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/91. f. 91.