James Richard Maitland Makgill Crichton

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Commander (retired) James Richard Maitland Makgill Crichton (5 June, 1885 – 1 December, 1943) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Another man named of only a few weeks difference in age, Henry James Maitland Makgill Crichton, also served. He was perhaps a cousin?

Life & Career

The son of Andrew Coventry Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, who worked with the Civil Service in London as an exchequer.

Crichton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1908.[1]

In May 1913, he stranded his command, the Express. A Court Martial determined that he had been negligent, and he was severely reprimanded.

Crichton served in the battleship Commonwealth from September 1913 until he was appointed to Barham on 29 June, 1915.

Crichton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1916 before fighting at the Battle of Jutland in Barham as part of the Fifth Battle Squadron. He left her when he was appointed in command of the destroyer Martial on 24 June, 1918.[2]

Crichton stayed with Martial until being appointed in command of the destroyer Torrid on 28 January, 1920.[3]

Crichton was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 5 June, 1927 and granted permission to proceed abroad.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Roger L. Wiles
Captain of H.M. T.B. 065
Dec, 1910[4] – 4 Apr, 1911
Succeeded by
William G. A. Shuttleworth
Preceded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M. T.B. 36
4 Apr, 1911 – 7 Oct, 1911
Succeeded by
John I. Hallett
Preceded by
The Rt. Hon. Lord George F. Seymour
Captain of H.M.S. Express
7 Oct, 1911[5] – 2 Sep, 1913
Succeeded by
Clive Phillipps-Wolley
Preceded by
Charles L. M. M. Crichton
Captain of H.M.S. Martial
24 Jun, 1918[6] – 28 Jan, 1920
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Frederick W. F. Fegen
Captain of H.M.S. Torrid
28 Jan, 1920[7] – 20 Jan, 1921
Succeeded by
Gerald R. Cousins
Preceded by
Henry V. Hudson
Captain of H.M.S. Senator
6 Jan, 1921 – Jan, 1922
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Archer

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 18.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 843.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 876.
  4. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 400.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 311.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 843.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 876.