Douglas Cuthbert Lang

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Captain Douglas Cuthbert Lang, Royal Navy (17 October, 1891 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of retired Colonel C. E. Lang.

Lang was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 April, 1914.

Lang served as flag lieutenant to Rear-Admiral Phillimore (in Renown), and to Vice-Admirals Oliver and Phillimore again (in King George V) between March 1918 and mid August, 1921. Phillimore noted that Lang spoke some French, and kept himself in good physical shape.

Lang was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 April, 1922.

Lang was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1927.

Lang was charged in a Court Martial for hazarding and causing the loss of Petersfield off China under his command on 12 November, 1931. Lang asserted that he'd tried to stop the ship's travel in treacherous waters an hour before the grounding, but he'd been directed to proceed by Admiral Kelly. Though he was not blamed for the loss of the ship, Lang was found guilty of hazarding the vessel and severely reprimanded.[1] In December, Captain Layton decimated his career prospects, writing that Lang possessed a "weak character" and was "very much in the hands of his officers. Proved disloyal to the service & his superior offrs. Too fond of personal interests and enjoyments." Until that evaluation, he had been kindly regarded by superiors.

Lang was placed on the Retired List owing to non-service on 7 March, 1934, Lang was not to be considered eligible for a step in rank.

World War II

Called up in August 1939 and put to work on the staff of the Chief Postal Censor. He worked at this until 10 May, 1940.

Lang was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 28 August, 1940.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Roden H. V. Buxton
Fleet Signal Officer, Atlantic Fleet
15 Aug, 1924[2]
Succeeded by
Cyril A. H. Brooking
Preceded by
Frank A. C. Baker
Captain of H.M.S. Petersfield
9 Jan, 1931[3] – 11 Nov, 1931[4]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Clive D. Arbuthnot
Captain of H.M.S. Malaya
3 Dec, 1943 – 11 Jul, 1944[5]
Succeeded by
Eric W. Bush
Preceded by
Geoffrey A. B. Hawkins
Captain of H.M.S. Kent
? – 27 Feb, 1945
Succeeded by
Walter H. G. Fallowfield
Preceded by
Walter H. G. Fallowfield
Captain of H.M.S. Malaya
6 Mar, 1945 – Apr, 1945
Succeeded by
Charles A. E. Stanfield


  1. "H.M.S. Petersfield: Commander Reprimanded". The Sydney Morning Herald Nov 30, 1931. p. 10, column 6.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 263.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 260.
  4. "H.M.S. Petersfield: Commander Reprimanded". The Sydney Morning Herald Nov 30, 1931. p. 10, column 6.
  5. Bush Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/122/11. f. 11.