Robert Stevenson Dalton Cuming

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Admiral Robert Dalton Stevenson Cuming, C.B.E., D.S.O., Royal Navy, Retired (10 September, 1852 – 22 February, 1940) was an officer of the Royal Navy. His last name was originally spelled as "Cumming".

Life & Career

Cumming was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 27 October, 1877.[1]

Cumming was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1890.[2] On 3 January, 1891, he was appointed Commander (Executive Officer) of the turret ship Dreadnought on the Mediterranean Station. Having paid off Dreadnought on 5 September, 1894, on 22 September he was appointed in command of the Caledonia, training ship for boys at Queensferry.[3] In April he had been recommended for command of a training ship, "So zealous and hard working" had he been.[4] A report of an inspection in 1896 stated in part, "[The] whole tone of ship shows careful & painstaking attention to details with most successful results."[5]

Captain

Cumming was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1897.[6] On 21 February he was granted permission to accept command of the King of Siam's yacht on the latter's visit to Europe, for which he was granted permission to accept but not wear a decoration from the King of Siam, but not accept a decoration from the King of Denmark.[7]

On 6 March, 1899, he took a half pay Signals Course, and on 8 June was appointed in command of the Endymion on the China Station, and on 28 September took command of the Hermione[Citation needed] from Captain George A. Callaghan. Hermione paid off on 15 August, 1901, and on 1 February, 1902, he was appointed in command of the Galatea in the Channel Squadron.

In February 1903, he undertook a brief period command of the second class protected cruiser Dido.

He was appointed to the President for command of the Scotland Coastguard District on 21 May, 1903. He was awarded a Good Service Pension on 7 August, 1905, and was superseded in command of the Coastguard District on 21 May, 1906.[8]

Retirement

Cumming was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 26 January, 1907.[9] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, he was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, on 10 April.[10] He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 18 September, 1911.[11]

Cumming changed his surname to Cuming by deed poll dated 5 August, 1913.[12]

Cuming was promoted to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 5 March, 1915.[13] On 24 April he was granted a temporary Commission as a Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve.[14] As such, Cuming undertook command of the Template:UK-Aries on 27 April, 1915 and transferred to Template:UK-Atalanta on 24 June, 1915. He was granted leave to visit London from Gibraltar between 12 June to 4 July, 1916 while Atalanta was under refit. On 24 January, 1917, he was appointed to Thetis as Commodore, Second Class in charge of Auxiliary Patrol Area XVII based on Lough Larne. He was relieved in this command on 1 March, 1918.[15]

Cuming was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) on 11 June, 1919.[16]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral R. S. D. Cuming" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 23 February, 1940. Issue 48547, col F, p. 11.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Caledonia, Boys' Training Ship
22 Sep, 1894[17]
Succeeded by
Robert H. S. Stokes
Preceded by
William Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Endymion
8 Jun, 1899[18] – Jul, 1899[19]
Succeeded by
George A. Callaghan
Preceded by
George A. Callaghan
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
28 Sep, 1899[20]
Succeeded by
Arthur Y. Moggridge
Preceded by
Robert D. B. Bruce
Captain of H.M.S. Galatea
1 Feb, 1902[21] – 11 Feb, 1903[22]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Philip F. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Dido
11 Feb, 1903[23] – 21 May, 1903[24]
Succeeded by
Richard H. Peirse
Preceded by
New Command
Captain-in-Charge of the Scottish Coast Guard District
21 May, 1903[25] – 21 May, 1906[26]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Robertson
as Rear-Admiral-in-Charge of the Scottish Coast Guard District
Preceded by
Alfred W. Paget
Senior Officer in Charge, Auxiliary Patrol Area XVII
24 Jan, 1917[27] – 1 Mar, 1918[28]
Succeeded by
Charles D. Carpendale
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24517. p. 5920. 30 October, 1877.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26121. p. 4. 2 January, 1891.
  3. ADM 196/38. f. 278.
  4. ADM 196/87. f. 26.
  5. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 278.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26809. p. 3. 1 January, 1897.
  7. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  8. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27991. p. 740. 1 February, 1907.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28013. p. 2576. 16 April, 1907.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28533. p. 6949. 22 September, 1911.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 28748. p. 6042. 22 August, 1913.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 29094. p. 2365. 9 March, 1915.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 29145. p. 4061. 27 April, 1915.
  15. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  16. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31398. p. 7508. 11 June, 1919.
  17. Cuming service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/323.
  18. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  19. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 26.
  20. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  21. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  22. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  23. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  24. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  25. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  26. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  27. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.
  28. Cuming Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 280.