Thomas Legge Barnardiston

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Captain Thomas Legge Barnardiston (4 September, 1866 – 6 February, 1912) was an officer of the Royal Navy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His inspection reports were conspicuous for showing poor attention to cleanliness in vessels under his command.

Life & Career

Born in Sudbury.

Barnardiston was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 August, 1888.[1]

On 6 June, 1899, the Admiralty expressed its displeasure that a torpedo had been lost under his authority.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1900.[3]

In 1904, he was chastised for landing shells from Repulse in a damaged condition.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1905.[4]

In April 1906, he assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Theseus.

In March 1909, he was appointed as Captain of Mars. At the end of May, a Court of Inquiry was assembled to explore poor results in her Gunlayers' Test.[5]

Though his health started to turn sour in May when he was admitted to Osborne Convalescent Home and seemed to remain so when surveyed at Haslar in July, Barnardiston was appointed command of the first class protected cruiser Ariadne in August, 1910. While he was still scheduled for a survey in October, his appointment was not to be cancelled. He was deemed fit for command, but not at sea.[6]

On 26 April, 1911, he was admitted to Haslar Hospital with kidney disease. Barnardiston could not continue and retired at his own request. He died in Haslar Hospital at 1 a.m. on 6 February, 1912.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alaric W. J. Portal
Captain of H.M. T.B. 37
May, 1894[8]
Succeeded by
David B. Nicol
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 037
Preceded by
Gerald C. A. Marescaux
Captain of H.M.S. Pelorus
19 May, 1904[9] – 1 Jan, 1906[10]
Succeeded by
James C. Tancred
Preceded by
John A. Tuke
Captain of H.M.S. Theseus
10 Apr, 1906[11] – 11 Apr, 1908[12]
Succeeded by
Sir Douglas E. R. Brownrigg, Bart.
Preceded by
Francis G. Eyre
Captain of H.M.S. Mars
19 Mar, 1909[13][14] – 30 May, 1910[15]
Succeeded by
Frank E. C. Ryan
Preceded by
George P. E. Hunt
Captain of H.M.S. Ariadne
9 Aug, 1910[16][17] – 1 Jul, 1911[18]
Succeeded by
Edward L. Booty

Footnotes

  1. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  2. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  3. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  4. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  5. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  6. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  7. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  8. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1894. p. 196.
  9. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  10. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  11. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  12. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  13. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 344.
  15. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  16. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 279.
  18. Barnardiston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 414.