Reginald Henry Portal DSC, RN

Born  6 Sep 1894Hungerford, West Berkshire, England
Died  18 Jun 1983(88)Yeovil, Somerset, England


15 Jan 1912 Mid.
15 May 1914 A/S.Lt.
15 Nov 1914 S.Lt.
15 Feb 1916 Lt.
15 Feb 1924 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1926 Cdr.
30 Jun 1934 Capt.
1 Jan 1943 A/Rear Admiral
8 Jul 1943 Rear-Admiral
30 May 1947 Vice-Admiral
4 Oct 1950 Admiral

Retired: 1 May 1951


31 May 1916 DSC
11 Mar 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1946 CB
1 Jan 1949 KCB

Warship Commands listed for Reginald Henry Portal, RN

HMS York (90)Capt.Heavy cruiser10 Jul 193922 May 1941
HMS Royal Sovereign (05)Capt.Battleship26 Sep 19417 Aug 1942

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Events related to this officer

Heavy cruiser HMS York (90)

3 Mar 1940 (position 63.08, -14.42)
HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) intercepts the German passenger ship Arucas (3359 GRT, built 1927) of the south-east coast of Iceland in position 63°08'N, 14°42'W. However before the German ship can be captured she is scuttled by her own crew.

Photos with thanks to Bill Murray.

30 Apr 1940
Evacuated Franco-British troops from Namsos, Norway, with HMS Devonshire, French cruiser Montcalm and 3 French transports. On conclusion of the Norwegian Campaign went to the Mediterranean and joined the 3rd Cruiser Sqn.

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