William Barrington May

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Commander William Barrington May (25 August, 1858 – 17 February, 1900) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

In July, 1871, May was ranked third in order of merit of thirty-five candidates accepted as Naval Cadets following the entrance examinations.[1]

May was appointed to the Coastguard on 6 December, 1898 and re-appointed on 1 April, 1899. He was still employed in this capacity when he committed suicide at 4.50pm on 17 February, 1900 while of "unsound mind."

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Onyx
1 Feb, 1896[2] – 5 Aug, 1896[Inference]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. S. Hancock


  1. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jul 04, 1871; pg. 12; Issue 27106.
  2. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 1 February, 1896. Issue 34802, col B, p. 7.