Charles Herbert Lightoller

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Charles Herbert Lightoller, D.S.C. and Bar, R.D. (30 March, 1874 – 8 December, 1952) served in the Royal Naval Reserve, however he is most famous for his brief service as Second Officer of the R.M.S. Titanic.

Early Life

Lightoller was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant R.N.R. on 1 April, 1903.[1]


Lightoller was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant R.N.R. on 16 May, 1913.[2]

First World War

Lightoller was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant R.N.R. on 16 May, 1913.[3]

He was awarded the D.S.C. for firing upon Zeppelin L 31 from T.B. 117 on 31 July, 1916.[Fact Check]

On 25 July, 1918, he was appointed in command of the commissioned merchant vessel Carron as an acting Lieutenant-Commander R.N.R..[4]


Lightoller was one of the many civilian volunteers who joined the Dunkirk evacuation effort, taking their own ships into harm's way. Sailing from Ramsgate, his motor yacht Sundowner rescued 130 men in her only trip across the Channel, an impressive achievement for the small 58 foot long, 26 GRT vessel.

See Also


  • Lightoller, Lieut. C. H. "Testimonies From the Field." Christian Science Journal XXX (7): pp. 414–5.
  • Lightoller, Charles Herbert (1935). Titanic and Other Ships. London: Ivor Nicholson and Watson.
  • Lord, Walter (1984). The Miracle of Dunkirk. London: Penguin Books.
  • Stenson, Patrick (1984). "Lights": the Odyssey of C. H. Lightoller. London: Bodley Head.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Stafford H. Dillon
Captain of H.M. T.B. 117
before mid 1916[5][Citation needed]
Succeeded by
George B. Bray
Preceded by
Alastair C. N. Farquhar
Captain of H.M.S. Falcon
26 Jul, 1916[6] – 1 Apr, 1918[7]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 483-5.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 477.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 460.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 990.
  5. Email from Robert Ingram, 10 Aug, 2014.
  6. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393t.
  7. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 126.