Frank Larken

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Admiral SIR Frank Larken, K.C.B., C.M.G., R.N. (15 November, 1875 – 21 January, 1953) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Larken was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 November, 1896.

Larken was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1907.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain and made a Commodore, 2nd class on 31 December, 1913.

He was appointed command of the second class protected cruiser Doris at the outbreak of war on 1 August, 1914.[1]

In June, 1918, as a Commodore, he relieved Hubert Lynes as Senior Naval Officer, Dunkirk to support the Dover Patrol's operations.[2]

Post-War

After the war, he was appointed command of Valiant.

Larken was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 3 August, 1924.

Larken was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 26 May, 1929.

Larken was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 1 September, 1933. He was placed on the Retired List on 20 September in order to facilitate the promotion of younger officers.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Vernon H. S. Haggard
Captain of H.M. T.B. 79
8 Jul, 1896
Succeeded by
Arthur Pringle
Preceded by
Seymour F. Rowe
Captain of H.M.S. Doris
1 Aug, 1914[3]c. 9 Oct, 1917[Inference]
Succeeded by
Thomas L. Goldie
Preceded by
Hubert Lynes
Senior Naval Officer, Dunkirk
May, 1918[4] – 15 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Alexander V. Campbell
Captain of the Fleet, Mediterranean Fleet
15 Jul, 1921[5] – Jun, 1922[6]
Succeeded by
Charles J. C. Little
Preceded by
Cecil M. Staveley
Captain of H.M.S. Valiant
6 Aug, 1922[7] – 15 Apr, 1924
Succeeded by
David T. Norris
Preceded by
The Hon. Sir Hubert G. Brand
Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
29 Apr, 1925[8][9] – 1 Apr, 1927[10]
Succeeded by
Eric J. A. Fullerton
Preceded by
William A. H. Kelly
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Second Cruiser Squadron
16 May, 1927 – 16 May, 1929
Succeeded by
The Hon. Matthew R. Best
Preceded by
Percival H. Hall Thompson
Vice-Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet
22 Apr, 1930[11] – 22 Apr, 1932[12]
Succeeded by
William M. Kerr

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 305.
  2. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1918). p. 4 shows Larken, and May's edition shows his predecessor.
  3. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 393e.
  4. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1918). p. 4 shows Larken, and May shows Lynes.
  5. Larken Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/157. f. 193.
  6. Larken Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/157. f. 193.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 835.
  8. Larken Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/157. f. 193.
  9. "Flag Appointment" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 1 May, 1925. Issue 43950, col E, p. 16.
  10. Larken Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/157. f. 193.
  11. Larken Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/157. f. 193.
  12. Larken Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/157. f. 193.