Hubert Ardill

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Captain Hubert Ardill, Royal Navy (24 June, 1884 – 3 July, 1951) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Naval Career

Ardill was born on 24 June, 1884 in Lisburn, Ireland, the son of R. Ardill. He entered the training ship Britannia on 15 September, 1899, and passed out on 15 January, 1901, attaining sufficient marks to be promoted soon after to Midshipman on 30 January.

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 30 March, 1906.[1]

He was appointed as temporary gunnery officer in Endymion on 7 October, 1910 through 12 January, 1911.[2]

Ardill was appointed as gunnery officer in Mars from 12 January, 1911 through 1 January 1912, emerging at reduced pay.[2] He was appointed as gunnery officer in Carnarvon serving with the Home Fleet from 5 March, 1912 through 30 September 1912.[2]

Ardill was appointed as gunnery officer in Britannia in the Third Battle Squadron from 30 September, 1912 through 2 September 1916.[2]

He was appointed to Vivid as gunnery officer in Ramillies on 16 November, 1916.[2]

Post-war

He was reappointed on promotion on 31 December, 1918, staying with Ramillies until 9 June, 1919.[2]

Ardill was appointed as executive officer in H.M.S. Valiant on 1 August, 1922.[3]

On 21 December 1927, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Caledon.[4]

On 14 March, 1932, Ardill was appointed in command of Concord, remaining in her until 9 December.[5]

On 25 August, 1932 Ardill was made a Grand Officer of the Portuguese Military Order of Aviz after Caledon had returned the body of King Manoel to Portugal.

Appointed in command of the Armed Merchant Cruiser Asturias on 24 October, 1940, he operated on the South Atlantic Station until he was superseded on 2 March, 1943.[6]

A photograph of Ardill may be found in a photo album in Box Three of the H. H. McWilliam papers in the Liddle Collection of the University of Leeds.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Claude C. Dobson
Captain of H.M.S. Caledon
21 Dec, 1927[7]
Succeeded by
John U. P. Fitzgerald
Preceded by
Isham W. Gibson
as Assistant Director of Training and Staff Duties
Deputy Director of Training and Staff Duties
17 Mar, 1930[8] – 7 Dec, 1931[9]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey S. Arbuthnot
Preceded by
Algernon R. Smithwick
Captain of H.M.S. Concord
14 Mar, 1932[10] – 9 Dec, 1932[11]
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 277.
  4. Ardill Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/49.
  5. Ardill Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/49.
  6. Uboat.net
  7. Ardill Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/49
  8. Ardill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49.
  9. Ardill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49.
  10. Ardill Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/49.
  11. Ardill Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/49.