Roy Neville Suter

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Captain (retired) Roy Neville Suter, D.S.O., R.N. (10 March, 1884 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Stoke, Newington.

Suter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1905.

After serving with him in Pelorus, Captain Arthur Craig evaluated Suter in April, 1909 and said he was "not very good in handling men."

Suter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1913.

Suter was granted the acting rank of Commander on 2 November, 1914 and placed in command of a ship called Lawrence I have yet to identify by the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies. On 4 April, 1916, Suter stranded Lawrence on a reef. In June 1917, he ceded command of the vessel but remained aboard as Flag Commander to Rear Admiral Drury St. Aubyn Wake. Later in the year, he was still with Lawrence, but on the staff of Rear-Admiral, Persian Gulf. Suter was awarded a D.S.O. for gallantry in command of Lawrence on several occasions, gazetted 7 August, 1918.

Suter was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1918. In mid-August, he took command of the convoy sloop Ceanothus. He remained with her until being appointed to Vernon for three months at the Mining School on 10 July, 1919.

Suter was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 1 April, 1930.

Suter maintained an interest in the evolution of naval costume, and lectured in the subject at the Royal United Service Institution in January, 1921.[1]

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Lawrence
2 Nov, 1914[2] – after Sep, 1915[3]
Succeeded by
Louis H. Crozier
Preceded by
William C. O'G. Cochrane
Captain of H.M.S. Ceanothus
17 Aug, 1918[4] – 10 Jul, 1919
Succeeded by
Harold S. Gillett
Preceded by
George C. H. Lawson
Captain of H.M.S. Lupin
24 Jun, 1924[5] – Jun, 1926
Succeeded by
Hugh F. Curry
Preceded by
Miles B. Birkett
Captain of H.M.S. Calliope
25 Feb, 1927[6]c. 1 Jul, 1927
Succeeded by
Leonard S. Holbrook
Preceded by
Egerton W. Isaacson
Captain of H.M.S. Concord
5 Sep, 1927 – 27 Sep, 1927
Succeeded by
Alan F. W. Howard


  1. "Captain Suter Retires." The Times (London, England), Friday, May 02, 1930; pg. 21; Issue 45502.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399t.
  3. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399t.
  4. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 754.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1926). p. 252.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 220.