Richard George Kirby Knowling

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Lieutenant-Commander Richard George Kirby Knowling, (12 June, 1903 – 28 May, 1940) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Knowling was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 April, 1926.[1]

Knowling was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 April, 1934.[2]

Knowling commanded the destroyer Kimberley from 20 November 1939 to 1 May, 1940.[3]

Knowling's death was somewhat mysterious, as he simply vanished from H.M.S. Vimy in heavy weather on the night of 27/28 May, 1940. It is presumed that he fell overboard while she manoeuvred.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Errol C. L. Turner
Captain of H.M.S. Rowena
13 Jan, 1936
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arthur M. Pilling
Captain of H.M.S. Bulldog
21 Sep, 1936[4]
Succeeded by
Thomas L. Bratt
Preceded by
Colin C. L. Mackenzie
Captain of H.M.S. Vansittart
31 Jul, 1939 – 1 Oct, 1939
Succeeded by
Michael Culme-Seymour
Preceded by
Colin G. W. Donald
Captain of H.M.S. Vimy
23 May, 1940 – 28 May, 1940
Succeeded by
Adrian P. Northey


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  4. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 220.