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Re: Captain Flint's Age

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Posted by Martin Honor on April 08, 2017 at 09:01:55 user MartinH.

In Reply to: Re: Captain Flint's Age posted by Martin Honor on April 08, 2017 at 05:14:46:

To obtain possible evidence for Ted Walker's age I have checked at what age a number of officers who would have been his approximate contemporaries were promoted Captain.
Phillip Vian 40
Bernard Warburton-Lee 40
Lord Mountbatten 37
Andrew Cunningham 37
Henry Harwood 41
Frederick Wake-Walker 41

The first four I picked because they all had reputations as destroyer officers and Ted was serving in a destroyer in Malta (as a Commander in Command?)

As both Mouthbatten and Cunningham were high fliers, who were both ultimately made First Sea Lord, it looks as if 40 was an approximate age for officers to be promoted Captain during the "between the Wars" period. This would be his approximate age at the time of WD and SW, giving a birth date of 1892 give or take a year or so.

This does raise the question of what post Captain Walker would be taking up. The main Naval establishment in the area was the Boys Training establishment, HMS Ganges, but that would have been under the command of a fairly senior Captain. Could he have been in a post planning potential sites for wartime bases in the event of hostilities? Coastal forces were based around several of the Essex estuaries and the RN Patrol Service depot established at a holiday camp in Great Yarmouth.

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