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Biographical / Historical
Biographical history of French:
1 July 1900, Born
1913-16, Cadet at R.N. College Osborne, Dartmouth and Keyham.
1916, Midshipman in HMS Emperor of India in Grand Fleet
1917, Sub-Lieutenant and First Lieutenant of HMS Nith
1919-20, Undergraduate at Selwyn College, Cambridge
1920, Technical courses in navigation, gunnery etc.
1920-22, HMS Orion and HMS Valiant
1922, Specialised in Long Navigation Course
1923-29, Navigating Officer of various HM Ships on Home and Africa Station, including Cadet -Training Ship
1926, Advanced Navigation Specialist Course
1926-28, Teaching and Directing Staff of HM Navigation School
1929, Navigating Officer of cruiser HMS Lowestoft, Africa Station
1930-31, R.N. Staff College, Greenwich Tactical and Ship Handling Course
1931-34, Navigating Officer aircraft carrier HMS Glorious, Mediterranean Station
1934-36, Commander, Fleet Navigating Officer and Staff Officer Operations, American and West Indies Station
1937-39, Member of the Directing and Teaching Staff, R.N. Staff College, Greenwich
1939-40, Executive Officer and 2nd in Command HMS Furious, Norwegian Campaign and Atlantic Operations
1940-42, Captain, Senior Naval Member of Executive Planning Section of Joint Planning Staff under Chief of Staff's Committee.
1942-43, Commanding cruiser HMS Hawkins, Eastern Fleet in Indian Ocean
1943-44, Commodore, director of Training Royal Indian Navy
1944-46, Deputy Director of Plans, Admiralty
1946, Imperial Defence Course
1944-47, Chief of Staff to Naval Commander in Field Marshal Lord Montgomery's major staff exercise "Spearhead"
1947-48, Commanding HMS Norfolk, Flagship of East Indies Station
1949, Tactical School
1950, Retired from active service. Working for Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty
1951-54, created Commodore and re-employed as Chief of Staff and Commander- in-Chief, Indian Navy
1954-62, Admiralty Regional Officer for S. W. Region, Bristol
1962-78, In Hydrographic Department revising Sailing Directive (16 volumes)
1 July 1978, Retired from the employment of the Royal Navy on his 78th birthday