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James Dalgliesh
CBE
Born (1891-07-08)8 July 1891
Place of birth Leith, Scotland
Service/branch South African Navy
Rank Commodore
Commands held Chief of the South African Navy
Battles/wars World War II
World War II
Awards Ribbon - British Empire Medal (Military).png Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Commodore James Dalgliesh CBE served as the Chief of the Seaward Defence Force,[1] which later became the South African Navy.[2]

He joined the Merchant Navy at age 16 and served in the Royal Navy during World War I.

After demobilisation he served as Navigation officer on a survey vessel before being transferred to the Hydrographic section of the South African Naval Service.[2] He later commanded the SAS Protea until it was decommissioned in 1933.[3]

He became Director of the Seaward Defence Force on 28 March 1941 after the death of Rear Admiral Guy Hallifax and promoted Captain. He was promoted to Acting Commodore on 1 May 1946 and confirmed in that rank on 1 August 1946.[3]

He retired on 30 November 1946.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "FactFile: Chiefs of the South African Navy". DefenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6244:fact-file-chiefs-of-the-south-african-navy-&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 C.J. Nöthling, E.M. Meyers (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912–1982)". p. 9e. http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/631. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harris, C J (1991). War at Sea: South African Maritime Operations during World War II. Ashanti Publishing. p. 41. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Guy Hallifax
Director, South African Naval Forces
1941–1946
Next:
Frederick Dean

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