Denis Vaughan Sprague

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Commander Denis Vaughan Sprague, (5 November, 1902 – 4 July, 1940) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Sprague was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 December, 1923.[1]

Sprague was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 December, 1933.[2]

Sprague was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1939. He was appointed in command of the submarine Thames on 27 December, 1939.[3]

He was killed while attempting to take control of the French submarine monitor Surcouf in Plymouth harbour, having been mortally wounded by the submarine's doctor.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Richard Sheridan-Patterson
Captain of H.M.S. H 28
30 Aug, 1932[4]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Rorqual
1 Sep, 1936[5]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
James G. Gould
Captain of H.M.S. Thames
27 Dec, 1939 – 4 Jul, 1940
Succeeded by
William D. Dunkerley


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  4. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 244.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 269.