William Spiller

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Lieutenant (retired) William Spiller, R.N. (5 October, 1863 – 3 October, 1934) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Spiller was promoted to the rank of Boatswain on 1 November, 1895.

Spiller was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 108 on 21 March, 1912.[1]

Spiller was promoted to the rank of Chief Boatswain on 1 April, 1912.

Spiller was appointed in command of the trawler Daniel Stroud from 22 May 1914 to 19 January, 1915, when he moved to command the armed boarding steamer Stephen Furness, remaining with her until she paid off on 10 March, 1915.

On 28 April 1915, Spiller was appointed in command of H.M.S. Vivid's tender, Fortitude. On 21 April, 1916 she collided with S.S. Gregying, for which Spiller was blamed. He left Fortitude on 27 September 1917 when he was appointed to London. In mid-1918 he went to Victorious.

Spiller was placed on the Retired List on account of age at the rank of Lieutenant on 5 October, 1918.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Claud F. Allsup
Captain of H.M. T.B. 106
8 Feb, 1905 – 15 Feb, 1905
Succeeded by
Thomas F. Britton
Preceded by
Thomas F. Britton
Captain of H.M. T.B. 104
15 Feb, 1905[2] – 10 Feb, 1906
Succeeded by
Owen T. H. Phillips
Preceded by
John Daly
Captain of H.M. T.B. 108
21 Mar, 1912[3] – 31 Mar, 1914
Succeeded by
George W. Field


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 401a.
  2. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 400.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1914). p. 402.