Henry Edward Rendall

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Commander (retired) Henry Edward Rendall, D.S.O. (14 September, 1888 – ) served in the Royal Navy as a submariner, a gunnery officer, an inventive torpedoman and as a Russian interpreter.

Life & Career

In 1908, Rendall invented a paraffin torpedo motor. The Admiralty admired the zeal and ability the invention demonstrated, but It was not adopted by the service.

Rendall was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 July, 1910.

In early 1912, Rendall received instruction in submarines. He would probably serve in several, as he was appointed to Forth, Vulcan and Maidstone for work in submarines between May 1912 and 5 May, 1915.

On 29 April, 1918, Rendall was appointed to Attentive as first and gunnery officer, and as Acting Interpreter in Russian for duty with the Arkhangel River Expeditionary Force.

Rendall was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 July, 1918.

On 25 November, 1918, Rendall was appointed to Cyclops, additional, to serve as gunnery officer and in command of Russian forces in the River Expeditionary Force. He remained in this capacity until 3 June, 1919 when he was placed in temporary command of the monitor M.25. He would be her captain until September.

In 1929, he would serve in Queen Elizabeth and in Warspite.

Rendall was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 1 February, 1930.

World War II

Rendall served in Scotland, Barrow-in-Furness, Swansea, Iceland and in Egypt as a Transport Officer. In 1943, he suffered from the climate and it was recommended that he not serve further in the tropics.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Sebald W. B. Green
Captain of H.M.S. M.25
3 Jun, 1919 – 16 Sep, 1919[1]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
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Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Barrow-in-Furness
19 Aug, 1941 – 10 Nov, 1941
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Reykjavik
10 Nov, 1941 – 18 Sep, 1942
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Swansea
10 Nov, 1941 – 18 Sep, 1942
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Egypt
18 Sep, 1942 – 12 Aug, 1943
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 152.