Cecil Alexander Severn

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Commander Cecil Alexander Severn, R.N. (13 October, 1874 – 13 March, 1916) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Severn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1896.

Severn was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1908.

In August, 1910, Severn was cautioned for exceeding his wine bill. He was noted for possessing a fine talent at navigation, and had a "remarkable power of sighting buoys."

He was noted to be weak as an executive officer. By 1912, Captain Sinclair described him as being "v casual & slothful."

On 23 February 1916 he was admitted to Haslar Hospital for observation and possible epilepsy. Severn died in Haslar Hospital of "general paralysis of the insane", though the situation appeared to stem from an attempt to cut his own throat. The verdict was suicide while temporarily insane.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
James D. D. Stewart
Captain of H.M.S. Isis
25 May, 1914[1] – 7 Aug, 1914
Succeeded by
James T. Bush
Preceded by
Thomas F. T. Michell
Captain of H.M.S. Terrible
12 Mar, 1915[2] – 8 Sep, 1915
Succeeded by
Constantine H. Hughes-Onslow
Preceded by
William H. FitzClarence
Captain of H.M.S. Amphitrite
2 Oct, 1915 – 13 Mar, 1916
Succeeded by
Edmund C. Carver


  1. The Navy List. (August, 1914). p. 332.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 398p.