Denis Edward Rahilly

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Captain (retired) Denis Edward Rahilly Royal Navy, Retired (1 September, 1887 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Dahilly gained six first class certificates in Seamanship, Pilotage, Gunnery and Torpedoes, for which he won a £10 award.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 30 November, 1907. His service record notes that he spoke German with a moderate level of fluency.[2]

He served in the destroyer Ostrich from 6 April to 28 September 1908, and then in Goshawk until 23 March, 1909.[3]

He served in H.M.S. Dreadnought from 24 March 1909 to 5 August, 1910, at which time he was sent to H.M.S. Excellent to qualify for gunnery duties.[4]

Great War

Rahilly served as gunnery officer in H.M.A.S. Sydney from 3 February, 1913. He helped her sink the German light cruiser Emden on 9 November, 1914. He was still in her when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander with seniority of 30 November, 1915.[5]

On 23 December 1916, Rahilly suffered a compound fracture of his left leg in a heavy sea. He was sent to Queensferry Hospital for four months, and officially discharged from Sydney on 30 January, 1917.[6]

Rahilly was assigned work helping to prepare Gunnery Books. In mid-1918 he was declared fit for shore duties only.

Post-War

Rahilly was placed on the Retired List as medically unfit on 6 October, 1919.[7]

Promoted to the rank of Commander (retired) with seniority of 1 September, 1927.[8]

Rahilly was appointed to be the Deputy Inspector of Naval Ordnance at the Naval Ordnance Inspection Department, Newcastle.[9]

On 28 March 1928, he was appointed to be the Inspector of Naval Ordnance at the Naval Ordnance Inspection Department, Newcastle, vice Commander (retired) Willis.[10]

On 1 January [year not visible, possibly 1930, 1931 or 1932], Rahilly was appointed to Naval Member of Ordnance Committee, vice Jackson.[11]

Promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) with seniority of 1 January, 1932.[12]

Rahilly served as "A.I.N.O." from 9 December 1937 until June, 1940 when he was appointed to some duties at I.N.O. Headquarters, Bath. He relinquished this appointment on 13 July, 1940.[13]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  2. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  3. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  4. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  5. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  6. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  7. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  8. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  9. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  10. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  11. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  12. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.
  13. Rahilly Service Record, in our PDF for Nowell Campbell Johnstone. The National Archives. ADM 196/144/100. f. 99.