Robert Francis Elkins

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Vice-Admiral SIR Robert Francis Elkins, C.B., K.C.B. (12 January, 1903 – 1985) served in the Royal Navy.

As with many men born c. 1899 or later, his Service Records at The National Archives do not reflect activity between 1931 and 1939 or so.

Life & Career

As a Midshipman and Sub-Lieutenant during 1921-23, Elkins served in Hood, Wryneck, Wild Swan and again in Hood.

Elkins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 December, 1924.[1]

Elkins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 December, 1932.[2]

Elkins was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1937.[3]

World War II

Elkins was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1942.[4]

Elkins was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 8 July, 1952.[5]

Elkins was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 13 June, 1955. He retired on 30 December, 1958.[6]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hugh Lingard
Squadron Gunnery Officer, Third Cruiser Squadron
18 May, 1932[7]
Succeeded by
Guy P. U. Morris
Preceded by
Cecil S. Sandford
Captain of H.M.S. Cairo
? – 14 Jan, 1938[8]
Succeeded by
Henry B. Wollocombe
Preceded by
Douglas Young-Jamieson
Captain of H.M.S. Bideford
12 Sep, 1939[9] – 16 Apr, 1940[10]
Succeeded by
John Hugh Lewes
Preceded by
Stephen H. Carlill
Captain of H.M.S. Excellent
11 Apr, 1950 – 12 Apr, 1952
Succeeded by
Varyl C. Begg


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