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Murray, Leonard Warren

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Title Rear-Admiral (RCN)
Official Number O-54510
Birth 22/06/1896 Death 25/11/1971
Place Granton, Pictou Co. Place Buxton
Area NS Area
Country Canada Country UK
Honours CB. CBE. Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur (France). Croix de Guerre avec Palme en Bronze (France). Commander of the Legion of Merit (USA). Cross of Liberation (Norway), psc, idc.
He retired to the UK on 14/03/1946 where he became a barrister and involved himself in municipal council politics.
Military Service
He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1911). He served in Royal Naval College of Canada (First Term) 1911. He was appointed as a Midshipman RCN (With seniority dated 15/01/1913). He served in H.M.S. Berwick for Training 1913, (He was present for Mexican Revolution service 1913). He served in H.M.S. Essex 1914. He served in NSHQ as Cypher Officer 1914. He served in HMCS Niobe 1914. He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/12/1915). He served in HMCS Margaret as Flotilla Gunnery Officer. He served in HMCS Rainbow 1916. He served in H.M.S. Leviathan as Assistant Navigation Officer 1916. He was appointed as an A/Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1917). He served in H.M.S. Agincourt 1918. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/06/1917). He served in H.M.S. Dryad For Navigation Course 1919. He served in H.M.S. Calcutta 1919. He served in HMCS Aurora 1920. He served in H.M.S. Revenge. He served in H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth as Assistant to the Master of the Fleet 1924. He served in the RN Navigation School Portsmouth for Advanced Navigation Course. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/06/1925). He served in RCN Barracks Halifax as Executive Officer 1925. He served in H.M.S. Tiger as Navigating Officer 1925. He served in the Royal Naval Staff College 1927. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1929). He served as Commander HMCS Naden and Senior Naval Officer Esquimalt 1929. He served as Naval Staff Officer NSHQ 1931. He served in HMCS Saguenay (In command) 1932. He served as Senior Naval Officer and Commander-in-Charge Halifax 1934. He served on Loan to RN for Operations Division Admiralty UK 1936. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 02/08/1938). He served in HMS President for the Imperial Defence College course 1938. He served in H.M.S. Iron Duke as Executive Officer 1939. He served in NSHQ as Director of Naval Operations and Training 1939. He served in NSHQ as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff 1939. He served as a Member Permanent Joint US-Canada Defence Board 1940. He was appointed as a Commodore (2nd Class) RCN 1940. He served in HMCS Assiniboine (I) (In command) and as Commodore Commanding Halifax Force 1940. He was appointed as a Commodore (1st Class) RCN 1941. He served as Commodore Commanding Canadian Ships and Establishments in the UK 1941. He served in HMCS Avalon as Commodore Commanding Newfoundland Force 1941. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 02/12/1941). He served in HMCS Avalon as Flag Officer Newfoundland Force 1941. He served in HMCS Stadacona as Commanding Officer Atlantic Coast 1942. He served in HMCS Stadacona as Commander-in-Chief Canadian North West Atlantic and Deputy Commander US Task Force 24 1943. (He was retired 01/09/1945). (He was qualified as a Navigating Officer.) (Significantly in World War Two he was the only Canadian to command a Naval Theatre of War. The inquiry into the Halifax VE-Day riots placed the blame for them on inadequate preparations by naval authorities. Subsequently he resigned 09/1945.)
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Named Features
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Blatherwick, John (1992); Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016);
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