Stopford Cyril Douglas

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Commander Stopford Cyril Douglas, R.N., Retired (1 October, 1883 – 2 September, 1928) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Bournemouth and raised by his mother, Douglas gained three months' time on passing out of Britannia.

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

Placed on the Retired List on 1 August, 1912 for tuberculosis.

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

On 5 May 1916, Douglas was appointed to Victory for H.M.S. Q 3, formerly Barranca, to assume command upon her commissioning. He was appointed from her on 7 April 1917 to the Staff of V/A, Queenstown, but apparently lingered just long enough to impress the Admiralty with the "able and seamanlike way in which he worked in order to find the boats of a steamship which had been torpedoed on 8/9 April, 1917".

Douglas also served aboard the Q-ship Antwerp, as evidenced by a photo of him disguised as an "English commercial traveler".[1]

Douglas was promoted to the rank of acting Commander on 10 October, 1918 and then to Commander (retired) for war services on 11 November, 1918.

Died of heart failure, possibly on the Isle of Whyte. He was buried at sea on 4 September 1928, from the Yarmouth Motor Life Boat, 10 miles out in the English Channel.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George B. Lewis
Captain of H.M.S. Alecto
10 Feb, 1915[2] – 29 Sep, 1915
Succeeded by
Alexander H. Quicke
Preceded by
Tom K. Triggs
Captain of H.M.S. Onyx
1 Nov, 1915 – 16 Feb, 1916
Succeeded by
Adrian St. V. Keyes
Preceded by
Tom K. Triggs
Lieutenant-Commander (S), First Submarine Flotilla
1 Nov, 1915 – 16 Feb, 1916
Succeeded by
George A. Saltren-Willett


  1. Keble Chatterton. Q-Ships and Their Story, p. 15.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392a.