Edmund Laurence Braithwaite Lockyer

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Captain (retired) Edmund Laurence Braithwaite Lockyer, D.S.O. (26 April, 1879 – 5 February, 1948) served in the Royal Navy. He was the gunnery officer in H.M.S. Carmania during her pitched battle with the German armed merchant cruiser Cap Trafalgar early in the war.

Life & Career

Born in Madras, Lockyer was the son of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Artillery. He gained nine months time on passing out of Britannia.

Lockyer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1901.[1]

Lockyer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1909. On 1 December, he married Kathleen Mary Hamilton.[2]

Lockyer retired from the Royal Navy following the annual manoeuvres of 1913. He was relieved on 6 August, 1913.[3]

Great War

On 4 August, 1914, Lockyer was appointed to the armed merchant cruiser Carmania as her gunnery officer.

Lockyer left Carmania when he was appointed to the new monitor M.30 on 25 June, 1915, to take command upon her commissioning. He proved to be the ship's only captain, as she was sunk by Turkish shore batteries on 13 May, 1916.

He was promoted to the rank of Acting Commander on 13 July, 1916.[4]

Appointed in command of the Q-ship Q 12, the former convoy sloop Tulip, in August, 1916. Although no known U-boat loss seems to correspond to the claim,[5] the Admiralty credited Lockyer with "working his ship with great skill" and sinking a submarine by gunfire after an hour-long engagement on 3 January, 1917. Lockyer was superseded in command of the ship on 14 January.[6]

Lockyer was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 March, 1919.[7]

Lockyer was promoted to the rank of Captain on 26 April, 1924.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. M.30
25 Jun, 1915[9][10] – 14 May, 1916[11]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Q.12
Aug, 1916[12] – 14 Jan, 1917[13]
Succeeded by
Norman McC. Lewis

Footnotes

  1. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  2. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  3. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  4. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  5. UBoat.net page on WW1 losses.
  6. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  7. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  8. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  9. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  10. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395q. This source indicates 29th June.
  11. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  12. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.
  13. Lockyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/73. f. 73.