WWI Royal Navy Commission Certificate to Lt Ian Reddie Black CBE


A nice condition British Royal Navy Officer’s Commission Certificate as issued to Ian Reddie Hamilton Black.

This is one of several Naval Commission documents that were issued to members of the Black family and include a casualty at Trafalgar and an officer in the Royal Indian Marines. All of them are listed on our website for sale. The certificate appoints Ian Reddie Black to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant from the 15th May 1918, although it is officially ratified on the 9th December 1918. The certificate is signed by Hugh Tothill who would become soon after the Commander in Chief of the East Indies Station. The certificate has been framed and glazed.

Ian Reddie Hamilton Black was born on the 17th May 1898. He was the son of Commander H. S. Black of the Royal Indian Marine. He joined the Training Establishment as a Special Entry in September 1916, passing out on 15 March 1917. On 31 March, he was appointed to the battleship Collingwood. He would serve in her through the end of the war, being appointed soon thereafter to the destroyer Thruster on 17 December 1918. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1920 and Lieutenant Commander in 1928. He reached the rank of Commander in 1934. He served throughout WWII and retired a Companion of the British Empire in 1948. He died on the 24th April 1979.

Size: 37.5 x 32 x 1.25 cm (14 ¾ x 12 5/8 x ½ inches)
Weight: 956 g