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Pound, Alfred Dudley Pickman Rogers (1877-1943)

Dudley Pound, like Churchill, was born to an American mother. He had been named to succeed Fisher as the commander of the Mediterranean Fleet when the Abyssinian Crisis of 1935 broke out, making the Admiralty reluctant to carry out the change. Pound volunteered instead to become Fisher's chief of staff until the crisis abated.

Pound was First Sea Lord when war broke out in the Pacific. He continued in this post until shortly before his death from a brain tumor on 21 October 1943. Pound's illness had been known to his doctor since at least 1939 but he was not told at the time. He was prone to doze off in meetings and was in obvious ill health by August 1943. Nevertheless, he was respected by his associates and was credited with winning the Battle of the Atlantic.

Service record

1877-8-29     

Born on the Isle of Wight
1891
Cadet     
Enters Royal Navy
1916
Captain     
Commander, BB Colossus
1922

Director, Plans Division
1930
Vice admiral     

1932

Second Sea Lord (chief of naval personnel)
1935-1

Chief of staff, Mediterranean Fleet
1936

Commander, Mediterranean Fleet
1939-7-31     

First Sea Lord
1943-10-4

Retired for medical disability
1943-10-21     

Dies at London

References

Boatner (1996)


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