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Commander Edwin Mansergh Palmer RN OBE (1882-1945)

Edwin was born 23 June, 1882 and died 19 November, 1945.

Son of: Joseph Mansergh Palmer (1850-1924) and Georgina Berlinda Palmer (nee Hartford, 1846-1940).

Brother of:

  1. Vice Admiral Alexander Robinson Palmer (1879-1958) who married Charlotte Helen Burke in 1906.
  2. Miss Georgina Wilhelmina Palmer (27 Aug 1880 to 19??).
  3. Major Richard Lodge Palmer DSO MC, Royal Artillery, (1883-1956?) who married Iris Irma Leveson-Gower (1899-1944).
  4. Violet Charlotte Mary Heath-Caldwell (nee Palmer, 1885-1971) who married Rev Capt Cuthbert Helsham Heath-Caldwell (1889-1979).
  5. Irving Montgomery Palmer RN OBE (1889-19??).

I understand that Edwin married but I don't know the name of the lady.  They had two children one of whom was called Michael.


Edwin is mentioned in the books:
The Navy in Mesopotamia, by Conrad Cato, published 1918.
Tigris Gunboats, by Wilfrid Nunn, published 1932.

Commander Edwin Mansergh Palmer RN OBE (18??-1963)

Joined navy 15 May 1897.

Captain of H.M.S. Dalhousie, 26 Aug, 1914 – 15 Jan, 1917 

It was while serving in the Persian Gulf on HMS Dalhousie that he met his future brother in law Captain Cuthbert Helsham Heath-Caldwell.

Captain of H.M.S. Odin, 15 Jan, 1917 – 18 May, 1917

Edwin was best man at the wedding of his sister Violet to Cuthbert Heath-Caldwell, May 5th 1919, at Armagh Cathedral.

Edwin was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 January, 1923.

Having recently taken up the role of port officer in Port Sudan, Edwin was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List upon reaching the age forty-five on 23 June, 1927.

Senior Naval Officer and D.N.T.O., Aberdeen, 6 Nov, 1939 – 27 Nov, 1939

Captain of H.M.S. Edinburgh Castle, 14 Mar, 1940 – 31 Jul, 1941.

On 1 October, 1941, Edwin was appointed in command of H.M.S. Okapi and H.M.S. Eland, as Flag Captain to Commander in Chief, South Atlantic.

Edwin reverted to the Retired List on 30 October, 1945.

Edwin married but I do not know the name of the lady.  They had two children both of whom were born blind.  The younger was Michael who died around the year 2000.

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