Alexander Sholto Douglas

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Captain (retired) Alexander Sholto Douglas (23 January, 1884 – 7 July, 1934) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Douglas was born in Portsmouth the son of Staff Captain A. G. Douglas, Royal Navy. He gained two months' time on passing out of Britannia in September 1900. His first naval appointment was to Diadem in the Channel Squadron.[1]

Douglas was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1906. His first ship command was to prove extensive: he was appointed Lieutenant in Command of T.B. 110 in August 1906 and remain over three years.[2]

On 7 November 1913 he was appointed to Diamond as first and gunnery officer. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1914 and was still in Diamond when the war broke out.[3]

On 20 February, 1916 he was ordered to report to the Admiralty and on 5 March it was decided that he would go and oversee completion of the new "M" Class destroyer Nepean, to assume command upon her commissioning. He almost immediately exchanged command of the new ship with Geoffrey Mackworth, taking command of Mackworth's Acheron Class destroyer Ferret. His time here extended to November, 1916 and it was planned that he would help complete and commission Sable, but this was altered to Rival, dated 5 November.[4]

Douglas completed a Torpedo Control course at H.M.S. Vernon on 23 February, 1917.[5]

Douglas commanded Rival until 15 May, 1918. On the 19th, he commenced a short period in temporary command of Osiris, whose captain Charles Maurice Blackman was battling the flu. This work done, Douglas was appointed in command of the destroyer Woolston on 8 June, 1918 and was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1918.[6]

Post-War

On 6 August, 1920, Douglas was appointed in command of the destroyer Wryneck.[7]

On 22 April, 1925 Douglas was appointed to the battleship H.M.S. Ajax as executive officer, vice Nicholson. He suffered a septic wound on his hand in late April to early May, 1926. At some point in 1926, possibly 30 May, he was appointed in command of Ajax until the end of November. He took some unpaid time, and in April 1927 undertook an appointment at Devonport as Drafting Commander, vice Shelley.[8]

Douglas was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 2 March, 1930.[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Nepean
5 Mar, 1906[10] – Mar, 1916[11]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Mackworth
Preceded by
Malcolm Murray
Captain of H.M. T.B. 110
13 Aug, 1906[12][13] – 5 Nov, 1909[14]
Succeeded by
Charles A. Poignand
Preceded by
Geoffrey Mackworth
Captain of H.M.S. Ferret
Mar, 1916[15] – 5 Nov, 1916[16]
Succeeded by
Maxwell N. Williamson-Napier
Preceded by
Edward O. Tudor
Captain of H.M.S. Rival
15 Nov, 1916[17][18] – 15 May, 1918[19]
Succeeded by
Ernest L. Cardale
Preceded by
Charles M. Blackman
Captain of H.M.S. Osiris
19 May, 1918[20] – 5 Jun, 1918[21]
Succeeded by
Edmund Johnstone
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Woolston
8 Jun, 1918[22][23] – 22 May, 1919[24]
Succeeded by
Desmond Maxwell
Preceded by
Robert L. Alexander
Captain of H.M. T.B. 25
22 May, 1919[25] – 22 Oct, 1919[26]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Ralph V. Eyre
Captain of H.M.S. Wryneck
6 Aug, 1920[27][28] – 17 Aug, 1922[29]
Succeeded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Preceded by
Arthur L. Snagge
Captain of H.M.S. Ajax
30 May, 1926[30][Fact Check] – 16 Nov, 1926[31]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  2. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  3. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  4. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  5. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  6. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 902-945.
  8. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  9. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  10. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  11. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  12. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 400.
  14. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 394l.
  16. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  17. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  18. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397n.
  19. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  20. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  21. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  22. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  23. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 945.
  24. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  25. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  26. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  27. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 902-945.
  29. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.
  30. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93. The month may be read wrong here.
  31. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/173. f. 93.