Cuthbert Dixon Longstaff

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Captain (retired) Cuthbert Dixon Longstaff, R.N. (24 October, 1882 – 11 October, 1936) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Wandsworth.

Though they were not to pass out until the following year, Longstaff enlivened the passing-out ceremony of December, 1897 at Britannia by dancing the hornpipe with cadets Grubb and Robinson.[1]

Longstaff was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1903. On 6 October 1905, his promotion was deferred in light of an adverse report, which was that he had been absent without leave for 20 hours in Copenhagen, though Captain Anson reported this incident was isolated, and that Longstaff had been performing well otherwise.

Longstaff was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 March, 1911.

Longstaff was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1914.


Longstaff was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 30 December, 1925 and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 24 October, 1927.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alexander R. W. Woods
Captain of H.M.S. Topaze
25 Apr, 1919[2] – 21 Nov, 1919
Succeeded by
Command Disbanded
Preceded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Captain of H.M.S. Furious
21 Nov, 1919[3] – 22 Apr, 1920
Succeeded by
Alfred F. St. C. Armitage
Preceded by
Arthur L. Ashby
Captain Attendent and King's Harbour Master, Gibraltar
1 Oct, 1921 – Oct, 1923
Succeeded by
Walter C. Tancred


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Dec 16, 1897; pg. 7; Issue 35388.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1919). p. 921.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1920). p. 776.