James Cantrell Johnstone Soutter

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Commander James Cantrell Johnstone Soutter, R.N. (22 May, 1885 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Soutter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1907.[1]

On 1 August, 1914, Soutter was appointed to the battleship Formidable.

Soutter was senior lieutenant in the third class protected cruiser Amethyst on 14 March 1915 at 4.10am when she was hit heavily by shore batteries, killing twenty-two of her crew and wounding thirty-eight while knocking out the steering gear and engine room telegraphs. Soutter and crew quickly arranged hand steering and ad hoc communication to extricate the ship from danger. Later, he and his captain, Commander George James Todd were mentioned in despatches.[2]

Soutter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1915.[3] He was appointed to the battleship Malaya on 28 December, 1915 and served as her 6-in control officer at the Battle of Jutland and through the end of the war.[4]

Soutter was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1919.[5]

On 12 February, 1920, he was appointed to President, additional, to serve on the Naval Inter-Allied Commission of Control.[6]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Maurice B. R. Blackwood
Captain of H.M.A.S. Platypus
26 May, 1923[7]
Succeeded by
George F. Langford
Preceded by
Herbert Victor Creer
Captain of H.M.A.S. Anzac
14 Jan, 1925[8]
Succeeded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Preceded by
Arthur E. Buckland
Captain of H.M.S. Argus
3 Mar, 1931 – 22 May, 1931[Inference]
Succeeded by
Claud A. Merriman


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 125.
  2. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 358.
  4. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 840.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 347.
  6. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 831.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 295.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 292.