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Dudley Pound

Given NameAlfred
Born29 Aug 1877
Died21 Oct 1943
CountryUnited Kingdom


ww2dbaseAlfred Dudley Pickman Rogers Pound was born on the Isle of Wight to a lawyer. He joined the Royal Navy in 1891 and commanded the battleship HMS Colossus during the Battle of Jutland in WW1, sinking two German cruisers during that battle. After serving in several staff positions, he was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet in the late 1920s as Roger Keyes' chief of staff. In 1936, he became the commander of the Mediterranean Fleet. On 31 Jul 1939, despite health problems (brain tumor and hip degeneration), he was appointed the First Sea Lord. He suffered from sleep problems due to the health issues. After Winston Churchill became the Lord of the Admiralty, Churchill brought an intense working schedule into the top ranks of the Royal Navy, with meetings lasting until late into the night. The combination caused Pound to doze off during meetings at times. He simply could not, as Churchill put it, "press a day and a half's work into one." At more than one occasion, Churchill

"would pace the private office, delivering precise, detailed instructions on a matter of considerable importance, only to discover that the Royal Navy's senior admiral of the fleet was, and for a time had been, dead to the world."

ww2dbaseNevertheless, Pound was a loyal subordinate to Churchill, and had a good working relationship with the future Prime Minister. Some lower rank officers, however, complained of his habit of micromanaging issues that should had been left for others to decide. He resigned from the Royal Navy in Sep 1943 after his health really declined. He passed away a month later.

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29 Aug 1877 Dudley Pound was born.
21 Oct 1943 Dudley Pound passed away from brain tumor at the Royal Masonic Hospital in London, England, United Kingdom.


Churchill and Pound, circa 1939-1940Lord Cherwell, Charles Portal, Dudley Pound, Winston Churchill, and others observing anti-aircraft gunnery in Britain, Jun 1941President Franklin Roosevelt and his dinner guests aboard the cruiser USS Augusta at the Atlantic Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, 9 Aug 1941.Franklin Roosevelt receiving British First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Dudley Pound aboard the cruiser USS Augusta at the Atlantic Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, 10 Aug 1941.
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1. Malcolm Barber says:
10 Sep 2020 07:48:58 PM

You say that Admiral Pound has a given name of Dudley. However, I understand that his first name was Alfred. Will you clarify?

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