Henry Francis Besant

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Commander (retired) Henry Francis Besant, O.B.E. (25 November, 1887 – 29 September, 1955) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Ludlow the son of Reverend J. C. E. Besant.

Besant was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1910.[1]

Besant was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1918.


Besant was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 1 October, 1929.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William O. Hozier
Captain of H.M.S. Thorn
23 Jan, 1915[2] – 30 Mar, 1916
Succeeded by
Douglas G. Jeffrey
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Cornflower
17 Apr, 1916[3] – 1 Feb, 1919
Succeeded by
Gordon C. Steele
Preceded by
Edmond A. B. Stanley
Captain of H.M.S. Bluebell
18 Nov, 1922[4] – Feb, 1924
Succeeded by
Algernon R. Smithwick


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 7.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398q.
  3. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 392s.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 729.