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Captain Irving Montgomery Palmer, DSC, RN (1889 – 19??)

Born: 23 January 1889 and died 19??

Son of: Joseph Mansergh Palmer (1850-1924) and Georgina Berlinda Palmer (nee Hartford, 1846-1940).

Brother of:

  1. Vice Admiral Alexander Robinson Palmer (1879-1958) who married Charlotte Helen Burke in 1906.
  2. Miss Georgina Wilhelmina Palmer (27 Aug 1880 to 19??).
  3. Commander Edwin Mansergh Palmer RN OBE (1882-1963).
  4. Major Richard Lodge Palmer DSO MC, Royal Artillery, (1883-1956?) who married Iris Irma Leveson-Gower (1899-1944).
  5. Violet Charlotte Mary Heath-Caldwell (nee Palmer, 1885-1971) who married Rev Capt Cuthbert Helsham Heath-Caldwell (1889-1979).

Irving married Kathleen Eva Caddell, 8 Feb 1918.

Did they have children?

Irving was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1911.

At the outset of the war, he was on the books of Pelorus, in command of an armed launch in the Persian Gulf. 

10 September 1915.  Lieutenant Irving Montgomery Palmer, R.N.  was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his services in command of H.M.S. “Comet'' during the advance on Amara, where he was landed with a very small force to preserve order, and at the barracks, though accompanied by only two men, he received the surrender of a battalion of Turkish officers and men.

Appointed in command of Gadfly on 27 December, 1915.

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1919.

 Appointed to Caradoc from 17 February, 1922 until January, 1924. He spent a few days in temporary command in August, 1922.

On 14 November 1923, one of her whalers was lost. A Court of Enquiry found that Palmer was guilty of an error in judgment, but no further action was taken.

 Promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1925.

Promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1932.

Appointed in command of the battleship Centurion in January, 1935.

Commander of HMS Berwick 17 Oct 1938 to 22 Jun 1940

In mid-August 1940, acute appendicitis. He was found fit on 25 October, but on 25 November he was admitted to Middlesex Hospital for injured ribs, being released on the 26th.

 Placed on the Retired List on 6 February, 1942.

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