Sydney Harold Tennyson

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Commander (retired) Sydney Harold Tennyson (24 July, 1877 – 23 March, 1950) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Captain J. Tennyson.

Tennyson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1899.

On 31 October 1901, Tennyson jumped into the sea off Yarmouth from the third class protected cruiser Pactolus to rescue a man who had been dragged from his boat by a rope from Pactolus. Though a six knot tide prevented Tennyson from reaching the man, who was saved by virtue of having held onto the rope, he was awarded a medal from the Royal Humane Society.[1]

Tennyson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1907.

Tennyson was promoted to the rank of Acting Commander on 7 April, 1915.

Tennyson was placed on the Retired List at his own request at the rank of Commander on 3 March, 1922.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Percy W. Pontifex
Captain of H.M.S. Chamois
20 Oct, 1903[2] – 26 Sep, 1904
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Thomas J. S. Lyne
Captain of H.M.S. Snipe
24 Nov, 1906 – 15 Oct, 1907
Succeeded by
Alan Dixon
Preceded by
Percy Crabtree
Captain of H.M.S. Kinsha
16 Oct, 1907 – 27 Oct, 1908
Succeeded by
Thomas J. S. Lyne
Preceded by
Reginald M. R. West
Captain of H.M.S. Gossamer
1 Jan, 1910[3] – 15 Jan, 1912
Succeeded by
John F. H. Cole


  1. "Bravery Rewarded." The Times (London, England), 18 Nov. 1901, p. 12.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 294.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 321.