Godfray Bruce Cargill

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Lieutenant Godfray Bruce Cargill, R.N. (5 January, 1884 – 2 September, 1911) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of retired Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Cargill, Cargill placed third in examinations on passing out of Britannia, with 1,809 marks.[1]

While serving in Montagu in 1904-1905, Cargill was faulted for an unsuitable means of securing tackle during a coaling operation which resuslted in a seaman being injured. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1905 and was re-appointed to Montagu until 30 October, when he was sent to Swiftsure, additiona.,

Cargill left Swiftsure when he was given command of T.B. 71 in January, 1906. Later that year, she suffered a collision with a buoy, for which a Board in Enquiry found him at fault. In April, 1907, he lost something from the ship (possibly a torpedo) and be told that he had failed to comply with instructions. Later in 1907, he was praised for his handling of the situation after some unspecified accident. His evaluations remained positive, however. Cargill stayed with T.B. 71 for just over two years and then was appointed to Bacchante on 18 February, 1908.

Cargill commanded T.B. 11 for two months in 1910, followed by five as captain of the destroyer H.M.S. Dove. In December 1910, Captain (D), Fifth Destroyer Flotilla Holmes-à-Court indicated that he felt Cargill was "suitable for destroyer service." However, at the end of the month, Cargill was reported sick on shore, suffering from "glycosuria". He would bounce around in the medical system through the end of the summer before dying on 2 September, 1911.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George Hunter
Captain of H.M. T.B. 71
12 Jan, 1906[2] – 18 Feb, 1908
Succeeded by
Philip H. Irwin
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 071
Preceded by
Charles G. Ramsey
Captain of H.M. T.B. 11
Jun, 1910 – Aug, 1910
Succeeded by
Robert H. B. Hammond-Chambers
Preceded by
Colin E. M. Law
Captain of H.M.S. Dove
Aug, 1910 – 27 Jan, 1911
Succeeded by
Thomas K. Maxwell


  1. The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 13, 1899; pg. 10; Issue 35802.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 399.