Bernard Long

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Captain (retired) Bernard Long (4 September, 1872 – 23 March, 1946) served in the Royal Navy. He was himself the son of a retired Captain, presumably of the Royal Navy. His naval career would fizzle, seemingly due to a mild mental condition.

Life & Career

Long entered the Navy with some facility in the French language, gaining six months on passing out of the Britannia in July, 1887.

Long was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1893. In January of 1894, Captain William Marrack of the third class protected cruiser Calypso noted that the young Lieutenant was "very slow as offr. of watch." Long would spend the next two years unfit, but there is no explanation for his sickness.[1]

In 1901, he asked to be relieved of duties in his command, Wolf, owing to a "faulty memory and lack of clearness of thought." On 30 January, 1902, the Fleet Surgeon of Duke of Wellington reported Long fit for service but "of somewhat nervous temperament." A successive appointment to the Pearl Class third class protected cruiser Pearl was cancelled in favour of sending him to the receiving ship Duke of Wellington in February, 1902.[2]

He was appointed to Northumberland as first Lieutenant on 2 February, 1903, receiving a favourable inspection report. He was still in Northumberland when he requested that he be placed on the Retired List on 23 June, 1904, aged thirty-one. In 1905, he took a gunnery course at H.M.S. Cambridge.[3]

Long was promoted to the rank of Commander on 4 September, 1912.[4]

Long was appointed to Royal Naval College, Dartmouth on 4 September, 1914 and stayed busy there until 9 January, 1918. Long was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 11 November, 1918 and finally superseded in a post at Middlesboro on 1 July, 1919. His evaluations during the war were positive, suggesting to some extent he had overcome his issues in ten years of retirement.[5]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Robert C. K. Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Wolf
10 Aug, 1900[6][7] – Aug, 1901[8]
Succeeded by
James U. Farie

Footnotes

  1. Long Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 285.
  2. Long Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 285.
  3. Long Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 285.
  4. Long Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 285.
  5. Long Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 285.
  6. Long Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 285.
  7. The Navy List. (March, 1901). p. 315-318.
  8. Long Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/259. f. 285.