William Balfour Macdonald

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Captain (retired) William Balfour Macdonald, D.S.O., R.N., R.C.N. (19 June, 1870 – 20 July, 1937) was an officer in the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy.

Life & Career

Macdonald was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1892.

Macdonald was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1904.

Macdonald was appointed in command of Firequeen and as Flag Commander to Admiral Bosanquet from 8 February, 1907 through 30 April, 1910.

On 6 September, 1910, Macdonald was appointed in command of the old cruiser Niobe, as she was to be transferred into service with the Royal Canadian Navy.Template:RCNL1910-14

Macdonald was granted the acting rank of Captain on 28 October, 1915.

Macdonald was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Gibraltar in April, 1918.

Macdonald was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain (retired) on 1 June, 1920.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Herbert J. Savill
as Captain of H.M.S. Niobe
Captain of H.M.C.S. Niobe
6 Sep, 1910[1] – Jul, 1913
Succeeded by
Charles E. Aglionby
Preceded by
Arthur H. Oldham
Captain of H.M.S. Gibraltar
23 Apr, 1918 – c. Jun, 1918
Succeeded by
Arthur H. Oldham
Preceded by
Stopford C. Douglas
Captain of H.M.S. Onyx
1 Aug, 1918[2] – 17 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Herbert A. Adam
Captain of H.M.S. Neptune
17 Apr, 1919[3] – 20 Oct, 1919
Succeeded by
Gerald L. Parnell


  1. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 398b.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 855.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 851.