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John Geoffrey Taite

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John Geoffrey Taite (c1907-1947)

1949 Obituary [1]

"Cdr. (E.) JOHN GEOFFREY TAITE, R.N. (ret.), received his general education at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and commenced a three years' engineering course at the Royal Naval Engineering College, at Keyham, in 1926. After qualifying he served as sub-lieutenant and later as lieutenant in HMS Barham, his next ships being the battleships HMS Revenge and HMS Valiant, in which he was senior engine-room watchkeeper.

In 1934 he was appointed technical training and divisional officer in the mechanical training establishment at Chatham, but two years later he was at sea again as senior engineer officer in HMS York. He then joined HMS Jackal as engineer officer during construction of that ship and later went to sea in her. He was posted to the R.N. Aircraft Training Establishment in 1941 as training officer and first lieutenant, R.N., and in the following year was promoted to the rank of engineer-commander.

After serving in HMS Durban he was appointed to HMS Trafalgar during construction and later proceeded to sea in her as flotilla engineer. His last appointments were those of engineer officer in the HMS Anson and HMS Indomitable during 1947, in which years he retired from the service for health reasons. Commander Taite was elected an Associate Member of the Institution only a few months before his untimely death, which occurred at the early age of forty."

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