Lionel Wells

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Sir Lionel Wells
Born28 November 1884
West Bromwich, West Midlands, England
Died22 April 1965
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Commands heldHMS Diomede
HMS Eagle
Orkneys and Shetlands Command
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Admiral Sir Lionel Victor Wells KCB, DSO (28 November 1884 – 22 April 1965) was a Royal Navy officer who became Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands.

Naval career[edit]

Wells joined the Royal Navy as a cadet on 15 September 1899.[1] Promoted to captain on 31 December 1924, he was given command of the cruiser HMS Diomede in 1929.[2] He joined the staff at the Royal Naval War College in 1931 and became captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle in 1933 before going on to be Director of the Tactical School in 1935 and Rear-Admiral 3rd Carrier Squadron in 1937.[2] He served in the Second World War as Vice-Admiral, Aircraft carriers from 1939 and as Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands from January 1943 before retiring in 1944.[2]


  1. ^ "Vice Admiral Sir Lionel Victor Wells KCB, DSO". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Halpern, Paul (2011). The Mediterranean Fleet, 1919–1929. Routledge. p. 258. ISBN 978-1409427568.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Binney
Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands
January 1943 – October 1943
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Harwood