Evelyn John James Southby

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Commander (retired) Evelyn John James Southby, R.N. (6 August, 1882 – 27 March, 1937) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Southby was born in Darjeeling, India, the elder son of Richard Southby.[1]

Southby had great trouble passing in gunnery, failing in October and November of 1903. He was grated a third trial and warned that he would be dismissed the service should he fail. He scraped by with a third class certificate in January 1904, obtaining 687 of 1,000 marks. In 1904, he lost some confidential books and was accorded the Admiralty's "severe displeasure."

Despite these tribulations, Southby was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1905.

In March 1912 it was reported that on two occasions in command of the river gunboat Sandpiper on the West River in China, Southby had demonstrated a "gt. lack of initiative and energy" when dealing with pirates. Vice-Admiral Winsloe noted that Southby possessed "neither energy nor ability", and that he had "had two very good opportunities of dealing a blow to piracy on the West River but did nothing."

Once again despite these bumps, Southby was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1913 and placed in the armoured cruiser Roxburgh in the Fifth Cruiser Squadron for a year and a half.

Southby was appointed in command of the monitor Roberts on 2 January, 1919.[2]

Southby was placed on the Retired List upon his relief on 7 December, 1925 at the rank of Commander.[3] He died "very suddenly" at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, East Grinstead on 27 March, 1937. He left a widow, Vera St. John Southby. His funeral took place at St. John's Church, Copthorne on 31 March, and he was interred at Ocklynge Cemetary, Eastbourne.[1]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hugh R. Tickell
Captain of H.M.S. Sandpiper
Mar, 1910[4] – Mar, 1912
Succeeded by
Illtyd A. S. Hutton
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Petunia
28 Apr, 1916[5] – Dec, 1918
Succeeded by
Alphonse M. Tulloch
Preceded by
Bolton M. Eyres-Monsell
Captain of H.M.S. Roberts
2 Jan, 1919[6] – Aug, 1919
Succeeded by
John G. Y. Loveband


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Tuesday, 30 March, 1937. Issue 47645, col B, p. 1.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 896.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 33131. p. 983. 9 February, 1926.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 372.
  5. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 396l.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 896.