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Nelles, Percy Walter

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Title Admiral (RCN)
Official Number O-54990
 
Birth 07/01/1892 Death 13/06/1951
Place Brantford Place Victoria
Area ON Area BC
Country Canada Country Canada
 
Titles
Honours CB. Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur (France). Croix de Guerre avec Palme en Bronze (France). Commander of the Legion of Merit (USA). Knight (First Class) of the Order of St. Olav (Norway).
Awards LLD.
Qualifications idc
 
Biography
He was the son of Brigadier General Charles M. Nelles, C.M.G., V.D. He was buried at sea from H.M.C.S. Sault Ste. Marie.
 
Military Service
He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RN (With seniority dated 01/08/1908). He served in CGS Canada. He was appointed as a Cadet (CGS) 1909. He served in CGS Canada (Fisheries Protection cruiser). He was appointed as a Midshipman (Canadian Naval Force) (With seniority dated 21/10/1910). He served in HMCS Niobe for Training 1910. He served in H.M.S. Dreadnought for Training. He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/12/1913). He served in H.M.S. Suffolk 1913. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 14/07/1914). He served in H.M.S. Antrim 1916. He served in HMCS Niobe as Addional for NSHQ as Flag Lieutenant to Director of the Naval Service 1917-1918. He served on the Intelligence Course RN 1920. He served in NSHQ 1920. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN 1922. He served in H.M.S. Caledon 1923. He served in the Royal Naval College Staff Course 1925. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/12/1925). He served as Commanding Officer Pacific Coast 1925. He served in H.M.S. Victory for Senior Officer's Technical Course 1929. He served in H.M.S. Dragon 1929. He was appointed as an A/Captain RCN 1930. He served in H.M.S. Dragon (In command) 1930, (Reverted to Commander). He served in HMCS Saguenay (In command) 1931. He served as Commander-in-Charge HMCS Stadacona 1932. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1933). He served in the Imperial Defence College. He served as A/Chief of Naval Staff 01/01/1934. He was appointed as a Commodore 1st Class RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1934). He served in NHQ as Chief of Naval Staff 1934. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 04/08/1938). He was appointed as a Vice-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 19/11/1941). He served in HMCS Niobe as Senior Canadian Flag Officer Overseas and as Head Canadian Naval Mission Overseas (London) 1944. (He retired 06/01/1945). He was appointed as an Admiral (Retired) RCN (With seniority dated 07/01/1945) (He was promoted from the Captains List). He received the Legion of Merit ""For the exceptionally meritorious services to the Government of the United States from 1940 to 1944. As Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Canadian Navy, Admiral Nelles was untiring in his efforts to strengthen the ties of friendship and co-operation between Canada and the United States; to prepare the Royal Canadian Navy for immediate co-operation with the United States Navy in the event that the United States should abruptly enter the war; and, after December 7, 1941, to establish and plan the co-operation between the two Navies which resulted in final victory."
 
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Named Features Admiral Group (BC);
 
Anecdotes
He participated in protecting British interests at Vera Cruz during the Mexican Revolution. He attended the coronation of King George V with the detachment representing the RCN. He was the Canadian Technical Advisor at the London Naval Conference of 1935-1936. He was the first Canadian-trained Chief of the Naval Staff.
 
References
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Blatherwick, John (1992); BCELP Geographical Place Names Cards Correspondence To/From BC Chief Geographer;
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2015-10-04

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