Hubert Searle Cardale

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Commander Hubert Searle Cardale (21 March, 1875 – 20 January, 1940) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Cardale gained six months' time on passing out of Britannia. He served first in the Aurora in the Channel Squadron and then in Imperieuse on the China Station. He left China on 25 January 1893 in Tamar, arriving home 11 March.

Cardale was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1896.[1]

On 13 May 1904, Cardale received his first command appointment, to the "C" Class destroyer Leven, which was operating out of Devonport. She paid off after just two weeks under his command however, and he was placed in command of Falcon.[2]

Cardale was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1907 and was appointed in command of Teviot the same day. At some point, she collided with Kestrel and Cardale incurred the Admiralty's "severe displeasure" in the incident. He also was blamed, for some reason, for an incident in which Shark was grounded on 25 January, 1908. Seemingly, the issue was that he was not aboard his vessel at some critical moment. Cardale was ordered to leave Teviot in late January to take up command of Kangaroo.[3]

Having commanded eight destroyers since mid-1904, in August 1908, Cardale was appointed from Kangaroo to become the executive officer in the battleship Mars. In Mars in April 1909, Cardale was faulted for a failure to meet his responsibilities in preparing his crew for gunlayer tests after they turned in a performance so dismal that a Court of Enquiry was formed to probe the reasons why.[4]

In mid 1910, Cardale was superseded in Mars. He commanded the destroyer Saracen from August, 1910 to September, 1912 and received recommendations from Commodore Arbuthnot and Captain Henderson. Upon leaving Saracen, Cardale was offered an appointment with the Naval Mission to Greece to command a group of torpedo craft under Rear Admiral Mark Kerr. He left England on 21 September.[5]

Cardale received a recommendation from Kerr in early 1914, but did not leave Athens until 27 October 1914. He apparently went to Malta, where he was appointed to Egmont for "special service". He prepared valuable reports on naval operations on the Danube and Suva rivers. On 24 February 1915 he set out again for Athens, arriving on 1 March. His work there and in Serbia would result in a number of awards from the Greek government for services against Turkey and Bulgaria. Cardale finally arrived in England on 30 June, 1916 though he continued to draw pay from the Greek government until 13 August.[6]

Cardale was appointed to the armed merchant cruiser Kildonan Castle on 7 July 1916, to assume command upon her commissioning. On 29 September 1916, Kildonan Castle hit Foulness Island off the Nore with some shells while testing her weaponry and Cardale was told to be more careful in future.[7][8] Cardale was superseded in command of the A.M.C. when he was reported ill ahore with a nervous breakdown on 18 December 1916. A series of re-surveys was required before he was found fit in mid-March 1918. He went to Portsmouth to take up an appointment as Assistant to Extended Defence Officer on 2 April, 1917. Apart from some indications that Cardale was wrestling with kidney disease, this work continued until he was appointed in command of the armed merchant cruiser Artois in mid-July 1917. Vice-Admiral Tupper noted that he performed better in this command than in Kildonan Castle.[9]

On 9 May 1918, Cardale was acquitted by a Court Martial of the serious charge of publishing "Naval Plans" without authority. In light of the overall picture, he was placed on half pay and it was seen best to employ him only on "quiet" positions.

Post-War

Cardale was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 13 August, 1919.[10]

Cardale went bankrupt in early 1926.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Michael H. Wilding
Captain of H.M.S. Leven
13 May, 1904[11][12] – 29 May, 1904[13]
Succeeded by
George B. Hutton
Preceded by
Walter H. Cowan
Captain of H.M.S. Falcon
20 May, 1904[14][15] – 10 Mar, 1905[16]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. Marryat
Preceded by
Hugh D. Marryat
Captain of H.M.S. Gipsy
10 Mar, 1905[17] – 1 Jun, 1905[18]
Succeeded by
Harry L. Boyle
Preceded by
Harry L. Boyle
Captain of H.M.S. Blackwater
1 Jun, 1905[19][20] – 2 Jan, 1906[21]
Succeeded by
William Cadman
Preceded by
William F. Blunt
Captain of H.M.S. Bullfinch
2 Jan, 1906[22][23] – 17 Apr, 1906[24]
Succeeded by
Philip S. R. Conron
Preceded by
Reginald C. L. Owens
Captain of H.M.S. Ribble
17 Apr, 1906[25][26] – 1 Jan, 1907[27]
Succeeded by
Percy L. H. Noble
Preceded by
R. C. Kemble Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Teviot
1 Jan, 1907[28][29] – 29 Jan, 1908[30]
Succeeded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Preceded by
Hugh T. Prichard
Captain of H.M.S. Kangaroo
29 Jan, 1908[31] – 18 Aug, 1908[32]
Succeeded by
Henry C. R. Brocklebank
Preceded by
James W. G. Innes
Captain of H.M.S. Saracen
9 Aug, 1910[33][34] – 7 Sep, 1912[35]
Succeeded by
F. Burges Watson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Kildonan Castle
7 Jul, 1916[36][37] – 18 Dec, 1916[38]
Succeeded by
John F. Warton
Preceded by
Arthur G. Warren
as Captain of H.M.S. Digby
Captain of H.M.S. Artois
16 Jul, 1917[39] – 25 Nov, 1917[40]
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  2. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  3. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  4. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  5. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  6. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  7. Ship's Log
  8. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  9. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  10. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  11. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 312.
  13. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  14. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 312.
  16. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  17. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  18. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  19. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  20. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 284.
  21. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  22. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  23. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 284.
  24. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  25. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  26. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 368.
  27. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  28. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  29. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 384.
  30. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  31. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  32. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  33. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  34. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 372.
  35. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  36. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  37. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 401oo.
  38. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  39. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.
  40. Cardale Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/57. f. 65.