William Archibald Compton Salmond

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Lieutenant-Commander William Archibald Compton Salmond, R.N. (5 September, 1890 – 21 March, 1921) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of W. Salmond, Esq., Justice of the Peace entered the Navy as it was transitioning to the new training scheme for cadets and was sent directly to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth as part of the September 1905 intake term.

Salmond was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1912.

Salmond was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1920.

Salmond was appointed in command of the destroyer Sepoy on 9 July, 1918.[1]

In August, 1919, Salmond was appointed in command of the destroyer Whirlwind.[2]

In 1920, Salmond was tried by Court Martial for negligently or by default suffering his ship to be stranded. The charge was proved and he was sentenced to be reprimanded.

Salmond committed suicide, dying from a self-inflicted gunshot on the night of 20-21 March, 1921 aboard H.M.S. Whirlwind. He was buried in Derbyshire.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles H. Knox-Little
Captain of H.M.S. Test
3 Nov, 1915 – 31 Mar, 1916
Succeeded by
Frank A. Rothera
Preceded by
Joseph B. Newill
Captain of H.M.S. Stour
31 Mar, 1916 – 20 May, 1916
Succeeded by
Kenneth G. Ramsey
Preceded by
Dudley Stuart
Captain of H.M.S. Moy
20 May, 1916[3] – 23 Jan, 1917
Succeeded by
Edward S. F. Fegen
Preceded by
Geoffrey S. Fleetwood Nash
Captain of H.M.S. Llewellyn
23 Jan, 1917 – 2 Apr, 1917
Succeeded by
Reginald A. Yonge
Preceded by
Wilfred A. Thompson
Captain of H.M.S. Lance
Apr, 1917[4] – 19 Nov, 1917
Succeeded by
Clement R. Dane
Preceded by
Charles G. Stuart
Captain of H.M.S. Mameluke
5 Dec, 1917 – 9 Jul, 1918
Succeeded by
Basil W. L. Owen
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Sepoy
9 Jul, 1918[5] – 8 Aug, 1919
Succeeded by
Valentine M. Wyndham-Quin
Preceded by
Brian C. Gourley
Captain of H.M.S. Whirlwind
Aug, 1919[6] – 21 Mar, 1921
Succeeded by
Thomas C. A. H. Ouchterlony


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 906.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 899.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396fd.
  4. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394z.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 906.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 899.