William Derek Stephens

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Captain William Derek Stephens, (5 March, 1898 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of W. J. Stephens, Esq., of Hampstead.

He passed out of the Training Establishment upon the outbreak of war and was appointed to the battleship Formidable, surviving her loss on New Year's Day, 1915. He next served in Neptune, fighting in her at the Battle of Jutland and remaining in her until being sent to Dolphin for instruction in submarines on 15 October, 1917.

Stephens was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 October, 1918.

Stephens was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 October, 1926.

Stephens was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1931.

Stephens was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1937.

World War II

He retired on 8 June, 1947.

See Also

Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alistair S. Cumming
Captain of H.M.S. H 28
25 Nov, 1920 – 25 Feb, 1921
Succeeded by
Humphrey G. Veale
Preceded by
Vivian R. S. Bowlby
Captain of H.M.S. R 10
25 Sep, 1923 – 9 Feb, 1924
Succeeded by
William L. Berridge
Preceded by
Arthur L. Noakes
Captain of H.M.S. L 20
9 Feb, 1924[1] – Jan, 1926
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Taylor
Preceded by
William R. Fell
Captain of H.M.S. H 31
14 Dec, 1927
Succeeded by
Bernard W. Galpin
Preceded by
Gerald E. Colpoys
Captain of H.M.S. L 22
24 Feb, 1928[2] – 3 Jan, 1929[3]
Succeeded by
Jocelyn S. Bethell
Preceded by
Andrew L. Besant
Captain of H.M.S. Pandora
9 Feb, 1931[4] – 1 Nov, 1932
Succeeded by
Gerald G. Slade
Preceded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Captain of H.M.S. Cyclops
31 Jan, 1935[5] – 15 Sep, 1936
Succeeded by
Edward A. Aylmer
Preceded by
David J. R. Simson
Captain of H.M.S. Douglas
15 Sep, 1936[6] – 13 Jul, 1937[7]
Succeeded by
Sydney M. Raw
Preceded by
Harry P. K. Oram
Captain (S), Second Submarine Flotilla
14 Feb, 1938 – 15 Feb, 1940
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Geoffrey C. Cooke
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence
25 Feb, 1940 – early 1941
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 250.
  2. Stephens Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/120/175. f. 175.
  3. Stephens Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/120/175. f. 175.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 257.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 227.
  6. Stephens Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/120/175. f. 175.
  7. Stephens Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/120/175. f. 175.