David de Beauvoir Stocks

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Commander David de Beauvoir Stocks, D.S.O., R.N. (5 April, 1884 – 31 January, 1918) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Bengal.

Stocks was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1904.

Stocks's talents impressed Captain Hall, how wrote of him in late 1910, "perfectly imperturbable... master in s/m attack, seldom misses enemy."

Stocks was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1912.

Stocks was appointed in command of the submarine E 2 in February or March, 1913[1] and was re-appointed upon his promotion to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1915. He would be awarded a D.S.O. for his work with her for "[carrying] out a prolonged cruise in the Sea of Marmara in August and September 1915, inflicting much damage on shipping... broke through nets by giving negative buoyancy; he was the first to do this." He was credited with destroying 19 dhows, one steamer and the Mundamic[?] Railway Station.

Stocks was drowned when K 4 was lost on 31 January, 1918.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
David W. S. Douglas
Captain of H.M. T.B. 55
14 Jul, 1904
Succeeded by
Charles E. H. White
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. B 4
1 Jul, 1906[2] – 8 Aug, 1910
Succeeded by
Robert H. T. Raikes
Preceded by
Noel F. Laurence
Captain of H.M.S. D 1
8 Aug, 1910 – 4 Feb, 1911
Succeeded by
Frederick A. Sommerville
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. E 2
Feb, 1913[3] – 1 Jun, 1916
Succeeded by
Samuel M. G. Gravener
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. K 4
Oct, 1916 – 31 Jan, 1918
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 301.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 344.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 301.