Theobald Walter Butler Kennedy

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Theobald Walter Butler Kennedy, C.M.G., R.N. (12 December, 1871 – 12 August, 1934) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1893.

Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1904.

Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1910.

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Royal Arthur in 1913.

He was appointed in command of the light cruiser Lowestoft on 20 November, 1913[1] and was in her at the outbreak of war.[2]


Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 July, 1921 and was placed on the Retired List at his own request the following day.

Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 25 October, 1926.

Kennedy was admitted to Haslar Hospital on 15 June, 1934, diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He died there on 12 August.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward S. Houseman
Captain of H.M. T.B. 73
21 Jul, 1892 – 15 Aug, 1892
Succeeded by
Arthur E. Phillips
Preceded by
Lawrence L. Dundas
Captain of H.M.S. Kestrel
11 Jan, 1901 – Aug, 1901
Succeeded by
Henry W. Osburn
Preceded by
John F. E. Green
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Arthur
23 Jun, 1913[3] – 17 Jun, 1913
Succeeded by
Edmund R. Pears
Preceded by
Henry C. R. Brocklebank
Captain of H.M.S. Drake
15 Jul, 1913
Succeeded by
Aubrey C. H. Smith
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Lowestoft
20 Nov, 1913[4] – 26 Oct, 1917
Succeeded by
Thomas E. Wardle


  1. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 351.
  2. Naval Operations. Volume I. p. 440.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 369.
  4. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395g.