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James Dalgliesh
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]


  1. "FactFile: Chiefs of the South African Navy". DefenceWeb. 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. 
  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
Frederick Dean

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