James Henry Domville

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Lieutenant SIR James Henry Domville, Fifth Baronet, (10 December, 1889 – 13 September, 1919) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Edinburgh, the son of Rear-Admiral Cecil Henry Domville, from whom he inherited the baronetcy in 1904.

Domville was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1911.

Resigned 19 June 1912 and was placed on the Emergency List. Resigned from Emergency List on 7 April, 1914, but was replaced there on 8 August, 1914 and appointed to Halcyon for minesweeping. On 28 October, he was appointed to Kaphreda. On 1 April, 1915, he was appointed to Yarmouth Base.

Domville was appointed in command of the paddle minesweeper Balmoral on 29 October, 1915. He left 3 February, 1916 for duty at Lowestoft before being appointed on 3 June, 1916 to take command of P19 upon her commissioning.

Domville shot himself in his evening clothes at the United Service Club, dying at Charing Cross Hospital at about 10 o'clock. He had left a note reading, "I much regret this should have taken place in the club. Glad if you will convey this sentiment to your Committee." A story in The Times on 16 September revealed that Domville was facing bankruptcy and had been sued by his wife in April for "resistitution of conjugal rights", and he had sent her a letter in November detailing suicidal thoughts and a readiness for the insane asylum.

See Also

  • Service Records
  • Wikipedia
  • Baronet Found Shot In His Club. The Times (London, England), Monday, Sep 15, 1919; pg. 7; Issue 42205.
  • Sir James Domville's Death. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Sep 16, 1919; pg. 13; Issue 42206.


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. P19
3 Jun, 1916[1] – 6 Oct, 1916
Succeeded by
Ivan B. Colvin
Preceded by
John M. Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Grasshopper
10 Aug, 1918 – 16 Nov, 1918
Succeeded by
Pelham A. Maitland


  1. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 396ii.