John Reginald Hughes D'Aeth

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Commander John Reginald Hughes D'Aeth, (7 February, 1899 – 7 July, 1940) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

He went direct to sea upon outbreak of the war, serving as a Midshipman in Charybdis, Zealandia and Hindustan before joining the convoy sloop Chrysanthemum as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1918.[1]

D'Aeth was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1934.[2]

World War II

Appointed to the light cruiser Gloucester as executive officer on 11 June, 1938, D'Aeth was apparently among the eighteen men killed when she was struck by Italian bombers in the Mediterranean on 7 July, 1940.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Sydney M. Raw
Captain of H.M.S. H 52
14 Jun, 1925[3]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jocelyn S. Bethell
Captain of H.M.S. Regent
19 Feb, 1932[4]
Succeeded by
Guy Grantham


  1. "Obituaries." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jul 19, 1940; pg. 7; Issue 48672.
  2. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 21.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 243. Written as 1924, but seemingly an error.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 263.