Ernest John Spooner

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Ernest John Spooner, D.S.O., R.N. (22 August, 1887 – 15 April, 1942) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Winchester.

Spooner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1909.

Spooner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 January, 1917.


Spooner was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1922.

Spooner was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1930.

Spooner was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Repulse in December, 1938.

World War II

Spooner was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 25 June, 1940.

Spooner was appointed as Rear-Admiral, Malaya in 1941 and was declared missing in action following a pell mell retreat from the Japanese.

Spooner was placed on the Retired List and promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral (retired) on 22 October, 1943.

Spooner was declared to have died on 15 April, 1942. He had been forced ashore from a motor launch which had been strafed and died of privation on an island.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Louis H. B. Bevan
Captain of H.M.S. Dragon
2 Oct, 1930[1] – Sep, 1932
Succeeded by
W. Frederic Wake-Walker
Preceded by
Robert R. Turner
Deputy Director of Operations Division
12 Dec, 1932 – 27 Jul, 1934
Succeeded by
Ronald W. Blacklock
Preceded by
Oswald H. Dawson
Captain of Portsmouth Navigation School
27 Jul, 1934[2]
Succeeded by
Arthur R. M. Bridge
Preceded by
Piers K. Kekewich
Captain of H.M.S. Frobisher
18 Dec, 1936[3] – 16 Aug, 1937
Succeeded by
Peveril B. R. W. William-Powlett
Preceded by
Charles E. S. Farrant
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
15 Jun, 1937 – 17 Dec, 1938
Succeeded by
Henry C. Bovell
Preceded by
John H. Godfrey
Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
19 Dec, 1938[4] – 18 Jun, 1940
Succeeded by
William G. Tennant
Preceded by
Thomas B. Drew
as Commodore, Malaya and in charge of Naval Establishments at Singapore
Captain in Charge, Singapore
Jun, 1941[5] – Feb, 1942[6]
Succeeded by
Japanese Occupation


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 233.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 235.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 241.
  4. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 321.