Stephen Wentworth Roskill

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Captain Stephen Wentworth Roskill, C.B.E., D.S.C., F.B.A., D.Litt., Royal Navy (1 August, 1903 – 4 November, 1982) was an officer in the Royal Navy and a naval historian, perhaps best-known for his authorship of the official history of the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

Life & Career

Stephen Wentworth Roskill was born on 1 August, 1903, the second son of John Henry Roskill, K.C. and Sybil Maud, the daughter of Ashton Wentworth Dilke, M.P. His father had been in chambers with Asquith, and his maternal grandfather's brother had been Sir Charles Dilke. His eldest brother was Sir Ashton Roskill, later Chairman of the Monopolies Commission. Another brother was Sir Eustace, Mr. Justice Roskill and yet another was Oliver, who founded one of the first industrial consultancies in Britain.

On 29 June, 1925 Roskill was appointed to the sweeping sloop Wistaria on the North America and West Indies Station.

On 1 March, 1927 he was appointed to Ramillies as first Lieutenant and as an acting Interpreter in French.

In August, 1930 he married Elizabeth (Elsie) Van den Bergh, the younger daughter of Henry Van den Bergh. They had four sons and three daughters together.

On 12 September, 1930 he was appointed as gunnery officer in Royal Sovereign.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Robert H. Bevan
Captain of H.M.N.Z.S. Leander
26 Nov, 1942[1] – 5 Feb, 1943[2]
Succeeded by
Cecil A. L. Mansergh
Preceded by
Cecil A. L. Mansergh
Captain of H.M.N.Z.S. Leander
30 Sep, 1943[3] – Feb, 1944[4]
Succeeded by
Leslie P. Brindley


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