Archibald Seaburne May

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Admiral Archibald Seaburne May, M.V.O., O.B.E., Royal Navy, Retired (29 June, 1885 – 31 January, 1947) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

May was born in Southsea, the son of William Henry May, who was a Captain at the time young Archibald entered Britannia on 15 January, 1900.[1]

May was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 October, 1905.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 October, 1913.[3] He was appointed to Valiant as gunnery officer on 2 April, 1915. He was to control her 15-in guns at the Battle of Jutland. May was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1917.[4]

He would leave Valiant on 24 September, 1918.[5]

Post-War and World War II

On 3 December, 1919, he was appointed to the "Fire Control Table Committee", which was possibly the same thing as the Grand Fleet Dreyer Table Committee.[6] In 1925, he was placed in command of a group of destroyers in reserve, and in January, 1926 was thanked for his work in production of a new fire control table.[7] He was placed on the Retired List on his own request on 6 June, 1927.[8]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 39 June, 1930 and received a series of appointments in World War II, overseeing ship construction on the Clyde and elsewhere.[9]

He died of cardiac failure 90 minutes after having his tonsils removed to treat septic tonsillitis which had afflicted him for "some years".[10]

Service Records

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Hebert R. L. Edwards
Captain of H.M. T.B. 67
12 Jan, 1906[11] – 9 Feb, 1906[12]
Succeeded by
Philip W. S. King
Preceded by
Stuart S. Bonham-Carter
Captain of H.M.S. Petersfield
25 Jul, 1922[13]
Succeeded by
Lancelot A. W. Spooner
 

Footnotes

  1. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  2. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  3. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  4. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  5. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  6. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  7. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  8. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  9. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  10. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  11. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  12. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 134.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 259.