David Wainwright

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Lieutenant-Commander (retired) David Wainwright, (9 September, 1894 – c. 28 March, 1939) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Wainwright served in H.M.S. Colossus from mid-January 1912 to mid-December, 1914.

Though he had requested training in submarines, Wainwright fought in the Battle of Jutland in the "M" Class destroyer H.M.S. Nomad, and was taken prisoner by the Germans following her loss in the action.

Wainwright was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 July, 1916 while interned in Germany.

Following his repatriation after the war, Wainwright was appointed to the minesweeper Penarth on 31 December, 1918. He would be awarded the Albert Medal for his efforts to save life on the occasion of her loss to a mine on 4 February, 1919.

On 12 January, 1920, Wainwright was appointed additional to the first class protected cruiser Gibraltar for command of the trawler Thomas Jarvis, which command he held until May. He was placed on the Retired List with a gratuity on 11 June, 1920.

Wainwright was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander (retired) on 30 July, 1924.

Wainwright disappeared from a hotel in Portland on 28 March, 1939 after attending a minesweeping course at H.M.S. Hebe. He was discovered, drowned, on a nearby beach on 19 June.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ernest M. Fall
Captain of H.M.S. Irvine
1 Jun, 1919[1]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
William Smalley
Captain of H.M.S. Harpenden
20 Oct, 1919[2] – 21 Jan, 1920[Inference]
Succeeded by
William C. Buttenshaw
Preceded by
Gerald Loe
Captain of H.M.S. Holderness
1 Dec, 1919 – Jan, 1920
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 822.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1920). p. 783.