George Johnstone

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Lieutenant-Commander George Johnstone, R.N. (1 January, 1880 – 30 March, 1934) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Captain Charles Johnstone, R.N. was born in Lillington.

Johnstone was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 1 October 1901, but amended to 1 April, 1902.

Though seemingly appointed to the battleship London at the time, Johnstone was somehow in command of T.B. 84 during night manoeuvres off Malta when she was struck and nearly cut in half by "hostile" destroyer Ardent on 17 April 1906. He was not blamed in the incident, as it was seemingly a natural risk in the type of cat-and-mouse action being simulated.[1]

Johnstone was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1910.

After three months as first and gunnery officer in Gibraltar, he was appointed to third class protected cruiser Prometheus to serve in the same capacity on 9 December 1910. This appointment was terminated on 10 October 1911 due to a Court Martial involving drunkenness in which he pleaded guilty to two of three charges, being cleared on one. He had to forfeit six months' seniority and be dismissed the ship.

He was permitted to retire with half-pay of his rank dated 13 December 1911.

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Mortimer L'E. Silver
Captain of H.M. T.B. 59
10 Jul, 1900
Succeeded by
William B. Rowbotham
Preceded by
Charles C. Ennals
Captain of H.M. T.B. 84
? – 18 Apr, 1906[2]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Archibald T. Stewart
Captain of H.M.S. Thrasher
13 Apr, 1907[3] – 8 Aug, 1907[4]
Succeeded by
Rodney S. Hewlett

Footnotes

  1. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 19.
  2. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 19.
  3. Johnstone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 19645/103. f. ?.
  4. Johnstone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 19645/103. f. ?.