Robert Meyrick Ellis

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Captain Robert Meyrick Ellis, D.S.O. (29 September, 1901 – 1981) served in the Royal Navy. One of his Service Records spells his middle name as "Mayrick".

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

Ellis was awarded the Goodenough Medal and the Ronald Megaw Memorial Prize. He was also awarded the Henry Leigh Carslake Prize for an essay submitted as a Naval Observer for the Fleet Air Arm.

Ellis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 October, 1922.[1]

Ellis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 October, 1930.[2]

Ellis was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1934.[3]

Ellis was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1938.[4]

World War II

In January 1942, while captain of the heavy cruiser H.M.S. Suffolk, Ellis was blamed for the mining of the destroyer Achates.

Ellis was appointed in command of the battleship Queen Elizabeth in 1945.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Francis J. Wylie
Captain of H.M.S. Delight
8 Feb, 1935[5]c. Apr, 1937[6]
Succeeded by
John R. N. Taylor
Preceded by
Gerald M. B. Langley
Deputy Director of the Naval Air Division
Nov, 1939 – Feb, 1941
Succeeded by
Edmund W. Anstice
Preceded by
Edward C. Thornton
Captain of H.M.S. Suffolk
22 Feb, 1941[7] – 29 Mar, 1942[8]
Succeeded by
Ludovic E. Porter
Preceded by
H. Geoffrey Norman
Captain of H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
31 Mar, 1945[9] – 13 Feb, 1946[10]
Succeeded by
Rupert St. A. Malleson


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