Basil Hamilton Piercy

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Captain (retired) Basil Hamilton Piercy (15 July, 1882 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Christchurch, Hants.

Piercy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 39 September, 1903.

Piercy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 39 September, 1911.

Piercy was appointed to the battleship Dreadnought on 3 January, 1914, where he was additionally tasked with providing physical training.[1]

On the bridge of Dreadnought on 18 March 1915, it was Piercy who sighted the periscope of Otto Eduard Weddigen's submerged U 29 and directed Captain Alderson and the navigating Commander Hughes to ram and sink the submarine.[2]

Piercy was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1916.

Placed on the Retired List at his own request on 2 January, 1926, Piercy was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 15 July, 1927.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. M.22
30 Jul, 1915[3] – 31 May, 1918
Succeeded by
William C. Castle


  1. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 306.
  2. Dawson. Flotillas. pp. 133-5.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395i.