Pieter Gerhard Voltelin Van der Byl

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Captain Pieter Gerhard Voltelin Van der Byl, R.N., Retired (26 October, 1854 – 7 November, 1921) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Van der Byl was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 23 June, 1880.

Van der Byl was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 28 April, 1899.

Despite his age, Van der Byl commanded three ships during and immediately after the war.


Van der Byl was appointed in command of the battleship Albemarle on 28 November, 1918.[1]

Vander Byl was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) dated 11 November 1918 in recognition of services rendered during the war.

Van der Byl died at home of arterio sclerosis.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Percy G. Brown
Captain of H.M.S. Ariadne
5 Jun, 1916[2] – 14 Mar, 1917
Succeeded by
Harry H. Smyth
Preceded by
Richard Hyde
Captain of H.M.S. Essex
15 Mar, 1917[3] – 26 Nov, 1918
Succeeded by
Preceded by
George W. Gubbins
Captain of H.M.S. Albemarle
28 Nov, 1918[4] – 11 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by
John A. Ingles
Preceded by
John M. Money
Captain of H.M.S. Salmon
8 Aug, 1936[5]
Succeeded by
Edward O. Bickford


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 727.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392d.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393o.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 727.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 273.