John Bostock

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Commander (retired) John Bostock, D.S.C. (24 April, 1897 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Curiously, Bostock is listed in The Times as qualifying to join two different terms at Royal Naval College, Osborne: January, 1910[1] and January, 1911.[2] I am assuming that he entered with the later term.

Bostock was appointed to the Cornwall at the outbreak of war, but moved to the battleship H.M.S. Warspite in March, 1915. He fought in her at the Battle of Jutland, and on 7 June, 1916 was appointed to the destroyer Attack though he was transferred to the destroyer Medway around on month later.

Bostock served in Medway through the remainder of the war, being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1918.

Bostock was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1926.

Bostock retired at the rank of Commander on account of age on 24 April, 1942.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ronald Langton-Jones
Captain of H.M.S. Cicala
9 Jan, 1928[3] – 1930[Fact Check]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Havers
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Basilisk
2 May, 1931[4]
Succeeded by
Roland F. B. Swinley
Preceded by
William D. G. Weir
Captain of H.M.S. Vanoc
3 Sep, 1935[5]
Succeeded by
Robert St. V. Sherbrooke
Preceded by
Ninian G. R. Crawford
Captain of H.M.S. Scimitar
May, 1938
Succeeded by
Mark Thornton
Preceded by
Ernest C. Coats
Captain of H.M.S. Escort
31 Jul, 1939 – 11 Jul, 1940
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Howard S. Jeans
as Captain of U.S.S. Aulick
Captain of H.M.S. Burnham
9 Oct, 1940 – 5 Feb, 1942
Succeeded by
Thomas Taylor


  1. "Cadetships in the Royal Navy." The Times (London, England), Friday, Dec 24, 1909; pg. 4; Issue 39151.
  2. "Royal Naval College, Osborne." The Times (London, England), Friday, Dec 23, 1910; pg. 21; Issue 39463.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 225.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 217.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 282.