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Nelles, Percy Walker (1892-1951)

The son of a cavalry officer, Percy Nelles chose a naval career instead and became the founding recruit of the new Canadian Navy (and sole member of the Class of 1908). and rose to Chief of the Naval Staff by the time war broke out in the Pacific. He directed the massive expansion of the Canadian Navy as an Atlantic escort force until January 1944, when he fell out with the Navy Minister and was posted to London as liaison officer.

Milner describes him as "An able, if colourless, administrator".

Service record

1892-1-7     

Born at Brantford, Ontario
1910-6-26     
Midshipman    
CL Niobe
1913-12-1
Sublieutenant
HMS Dreadnought
1913

HMS Suffolk
1914-7-14
Lieutenant

1916

HMS Antrim
1917

Staff, Naval Service Headquarters
1920

Royal Navy Intelligence Course
1922-7-14     
Lieutenant commander     

1923

HMS Caledon
1925

Royal Navy College Staff Course
1925-12-1
Commander
Commander, HMCS Naden
1929-7-22

Staff Officer Technical Course
1930-3-18

Executive officer, CL Dragon
1931-5-22

Commander, DD Saguenay
1932-6-7

Commander, PG Stadacona
1934-7-1
Commodore
Chief of the Naval Staff
1938-8-4
Rear admiral

1941-11-19
Vice admiral

1944-1-15

Liaison officer, London
1945-1-6
Admiral
Retires
1951-6-13     

Dies at Victoria

References

JunoBeach.org (accessed 2011-10-16)

Milner (accessed 2011-10-16)

Royal Canadian Navy World War II (accessed 2011-10-16)


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