Captain James Dick, RN

Jon Saunders ( has provided this career summary of the last Captain of HMS Vanguard (lost 9 July 1917), Captain James Dick from the records available in the Public Record Office.

Some high (and one low) lights of James Dick's career are as follows:

James Douglas Dick

He had been awarded the Africa General Service Medal with clasp "Somaliland 1908-10" and was gazetted 29 August 1917 (so possible posthumous award) with Japanese Order of the Rising Sun (3rd Class). (This may have a link to Commander Eto having been an official observer of the Japanese Imperial Navy and aboard Vanguard and under JDD's command when she was destroyed).

Jon has provided scans of Captain Dick's service record (the quality isn't perfect, unfortunately):

Last Updated: 2 September, 2002.

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