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Sir Gerald Charles Dickens



1879 - 1962


Born 1879; educated at Beaumont College, Foster's, Stubbington House, Hampshire; joined training ship HMS BRITANNIA, Dartmouth, Devon, as Naval Cadet, 1894; service on HMS BLAKE, Channel Fleet, 1896-1897, and HMS ECLIPSE, East Indies Station, 1897-1899; Sub Lt, 1899; HMS CLEOPATRA, 1899; Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1899-1900; served on HMS GRIFFON and HMS DESPERATE, Mediterranean Fleet, 1900-1901; service on HM Torpedo Boats 92, 89 and 96, 1901-1902; Lt, 1902; HMS CRUISER, 1902; served on HMS VENGEANCE, China Station, 1902-1905; HMS BARFLEUR, 1905; served on HMS KING ALFRED, HMS HART and HMS HAWKE, China Station, 1906-1909; HMS CHELMER, Home Fleet, 1910; HMS GARVY, 1911; served on HMS CHELMER and HMS ALBATROSS, Mediterranean Fleet, 1911-1913; Cdr, 1914; commanded HMS HARPY, Mediterranean Fleet, 1913-1915; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on HMS HARPY, Dardenelles, 1915; Flag Cdr to Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, 1917-1918; Capt, 1919; awarded CMG, 1919; Deputy Director, Plans Division, Admiralty, 1920-1922; commanded HMS CARLISLE, 1922-1924; Capt Auxiliary Patrol, Fishery Protection, HMS HAREBELL, 1925-1926; Directing Staff, Imperial Defence College, 1926-1929; commanded HMS REPULSE, 1929-1931; Naval Aide de Camp to King George V, 1931-1932; R Adm, 1932; Director of Naval Intelligence Division, 1932-1935; awarded CB, 1934; R Adm, 10 Cruiser Sqn, HM King George V Jubilee Review, Spithead, 1935; R Adm commanding Reserve Fleet, 1935-1937; V Adm, 1936; created KCVO, 1937; retired list, 1938; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Naval Attaché, The Hague, Netherlands, 1940; Principal Liaison Officer with Allied Navies, 1940; Flag Officer, Tunisia, 1943-1945; Flag Officer, Netherlands, 1945-1946; died 1962. Publications: Bombing and strategy. The fallacy of total war (Sampson Low, Marston and Company, London, 1947); The dress of the British sailor (National Maritime Museum, London, 1957).



Rear-Admiral Sir Gerald Charles Dickens, RN. Born October 13, 1879 - Died November 19, 1962

A man who became very important for Holland during the war, was Rear-Admiral Gerald C. Dickens, who relieved Captain B.B. Schofield as Great Britain's naval attaché in The Hague in February 1940. Dickens had already spent most of his life in the navy, joining the naval college HMS Britannia in 1894. Retired in 1938, he was, like many other admirals, recommissioned in the Royal Navy with a lower rank, to serve in posts of lesser importance. During the German invasion of Holland, Dickens was the principal liaison to the Royal Navy. But this role did not end with the surrender on May 14. He evacuated to Britain by destroyer, where he was assigned as Principal Liaison Officer, Allied Navies. During this period, his efforts (and those of the Dutch naval attaché in London, Lt. Cdr. A. de Booy) were essential in forging a good working relationship between the Dutch and British Navy. After he was relieved by Vice-Admiral E.L.S. King in 1943, he became Flag Officer, Tunisia on March 20, 1943, and held this post until 1944. His assignment as Flag Officer, Netherlands came in September 1944. His responsibilities included sending much-needed supplies to Dutch ports to help the population. During September 1945, he resigned and was subsequently retired. 


Lieutenant: 1902
Lieutenant-Commander: 19??
Commander: 1914
Captain: 1919
Rear-Admiral: 1932
Vice-Admiral: 1936
Admiral: 19??
Retired: 1938
Recommissioned as Rear-Admiral: 1939
Retired: 1945



HMS Harpy (Dardanelles campaign): 1914-1918
Intelligence division, later Flag Commander to CinC, Mediterranean: 1919
Deputy Director Plans Division Admiralty: 1920-1922
Commanding Officer, light cruiser HMS Carlisle: 1922-1924
Commanding Officer, Auxiliary Patrol: 1925-1926
Directing Staff, Imperial Defence College: 1926-1929
Commanding Officer, battlecruiser HMS Repulse: 1929-1931
Naval A.D.C. to Her Majesty the Queen: 1931-1932
Director of Naval Intelligence Division: 1932-1935
Commanding Officer, Reserve Fleet: 1935-1937
Naval Attaché, The Hague: February 1940
Principal Liaison Officer with Allied navies: 1940-1943
Flag Officer, Tunisia: 1943-1944
Flag Officer, Netherlands: 1944-1945



K.C.V.O. (Britain, 1937)
Companion in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Britain, 1934)
C.M.G. 1919 (Britain)
Grand Cross Oranje-Nassau
Commander Legion of Merit (United States)
Chevalier Légion d'Honneur (France)




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