Arthur Lindesay Cay

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Captain Arthur Lindesay Cay, Royal Navy (31 January, 1869 – 31 May, 1916) was an officer of the Royal Navy during the First World War. In command of H.M.S. Invincible at the Battle of Jutland, he was killed when his ship sank.

Life & Career

Cay entered the Navy as a cadet in 1882. He took four Firsts in his Lieutenancy exams.

Cay was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 June, 1902.[1]

As Commander Cay joined H.M.S. King Edward VII to commission her at Portsmouth, and left on 4 March, 1907.

Captain

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1907.[2]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Prince George on 15 November, 1907.[3]

He served as captain of the armoured cruiser Leviathan from April 1909 until February of 1911.

On 11 April, 1911 Cay was appointed to Impregnable as Flag Captain to Sir William May, Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, and was superseded on 30 March, 1913.

On 19 April he was appointed to command the armoured cruiser Achilles in the Second Cruiser Squadron.[4] A lieutenant in Achilles later described him: "a very upright six foot three, sparsely built with the expression of a bulldozer, it would never occur to anyone to gainsay him; a widower living a spartan life except for golf, and saving anything possible for his children."[5]

He was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Invincible on 19 February, 1915, losing his life aboard her at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May, 1916.

Service Record


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
The Hon. Robert F. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Prince George
15 Nov, 1907[6] – 16 Nov, 1908[7]
Succeeded by
Herbert J. Savill
Preceded by
Edward M. Phillpotts
Captain of H.M.S. Euryalus
8 Feb, 1909[8] – 20 Apr, 1909[9]
Succeeded by
Charles W. Keighly-Peach
Preceded by
Charles W. Keighly-Peach
Captain of H.M.S. Leviathan
20 Apr, 1909[10][11] – 8 Jul, 1911[12]
Succeeded by
Eric P. C. Back
Preceded by
Herbert W. Savory
Captain of Training Ship H.M.S. Impregnable
11 Apr, 1911[13]
Succeeded by
Laurence R. Oliphant
Preceded by
Lionel Halsey
Flag Captain, Plymouth Station
11 Apr, 1911[14]
Succeeded by
Eric P. C. Back
Preceded by
Herbert A. S. Fyler
Captain of H.M.S. Euryalus
2 Jul, 1912[15]
Succeeded by
Herbert A. S. Fyler
Preceded by
The Hon. Stanhope Hawke
Captain of H.M.S. Achilles
19 Apr, 1913[16] – 19 Feb, 1915[17]
Succeeded by
Francis M. Leake
Preceded by
Percy T. H. Beamish
Captain of H.M.S. Invincible
19 Feb, 1915[18] – 31 May, 1916
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27448. p. 4198. 26 June, 1902.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28034. p. 4433. 28 June, 1907.
  3. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  4. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  5. "A View Through the Wake." p. 458.
  6. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  7. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  8. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  9. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 340.
  11. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  12. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 330.
  14. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  15. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  16. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  17. Cay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 66.
  18. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395b.