Arthur Macaulay Lecky

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Captain Arthur Macaulay Lecky, D.S.O., R.N. (28 February, 1881 – 2 April, 1933) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Rangoon, the son of Colonel George Lecky.

Lecky was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 March, 1903.[1] He was appointed to Psyche on 23 September, 1903. On 14 December, a Court Martial blamed him for stranding the cruiser and Lecky was severely reprimanded and dismissed the ship, this being noted two days after. It was not to be until 14 April, 1904 when he would receive his next appointment, this being to the second class protected cruiser Iphigenia on the China Station.[2]

His time in Iphigenia was followed by an appointment in Argyll upon the former ship's paying off, on 30 January, 1906. He spent two years and a month in Argyll and commenced a run of torpedo boat and destroyer commands that would eventually distinguish his naval career. This new phase started with a two year stint in command of the T.B. 23 which began on 18 February, 1908.[3]

Lecky was appointed in command of the destroyer Mosquito on 27 January, 1911 and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 March, 1911. Although he received several favourable inspections in this ship, a Court of Inquiry into defects in one of her propellor shafts directed blame upon him.[4]

On 7 March, 1914, Lecky was appointed in command of the destroyer Unity.[5] He would be her captain through mid 1916.

Great War

Lecky commanded Unity at the Battle of Jutland, operating as part of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla.[6]

Lecky was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1916.[7]

Post-war

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Warwick on 12 January, 1919.[8]

Lecky was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1922.[9]

A command of Colombo was interrupted by Lecky's falling ill with an ulcer, which necessitated his removal to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro in August, 1926. Captain James Salmond took over his command for a time.

On 19 January, 1929, he was lent to the Royal Australian Navy and as Captain Superintendent of Training and in command of a Naval Depot vice Dannreuther.[10]

In early 1933, he was admitted to Portland hospital with gastritis. He was resurveyed after 14 days but was found unfit. A further resurvey was scheduled for May, but Lecky succumbed on 2 April, 1933.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M. T.B. 23
18 Feb, 1908[11][12] – 17 Feb, 1910[13]
Succeeded by
Cecil G. Cruttwell
Preceded by
William Cadman
Captain of H.M.S. Panther
17 Feb, 1910[14] – 21 Jun, 1910[15]
Succeeded by
Stuart E. Holder
Preceded by
Clive C. H. Maitland-Addison
Captain of H.M.S. Wolf
21 Jun, 1910[16] – 30 Aug, 1910[17]
Succeeded by
Hugh J. Tweedie
Preceded by
Vaughan A. E. Hanning-Lee
Captain of H.M.S. Kale
30 Aug, 1910[18] – 27 Jan, 1911[19]
Succeeded by
Francis R. Scarlett
Preceded by
Lockhart Leith
Captain of H.M.S. Mosquito
27 Jan, 1911[20][21] – 6 Jan, 1914[22]
Succeeded by
James L. C. Clark
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Unity
7 Mar, 1914[23] – Jun, 1916
Succeeded by
Astley D. C. Cooper-Key
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Opportune
Jun, 1916[24] – 4 Feb, 1917[25]
Succeeded by
John B. Spurgin
Preceded by
Clarence W. E. Trelawny
Captain of H.M.S. Offa
4 Feb, 1917[26][27] – 1 Oct, 1918[28]
Succeeded by
Henry E. Dale
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Splendid
1 Oct, 1918[29] – Jan, 1919[30]
Succeeded by
Henry D. C. Stanistreet
Preceded by
Victor L. A. Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Warwick
12 Jan, 1919[31][32] – 1 Dec, 1920[33]
Succeeded by
Lawrence D'O. Bignell
Preceded by
Claud F. Allsup
Captain of H.M.S. Malcolm
15 Jan, 1921[34] – May, 1921[35]
Succeeded by
Theodore E. J. Bigg
Preceded by
Lawrence D'O. Bignell
Captain of H.M.S. Warwick
Jun, 1921[36] – Jan, 1923[37]
Succeeded by
Frederic A. H. Russel
Preceded by
Malcolm L. Goldsmith
Captain of H.M.S. Abdiel
10 Jul, 1924[38] – 22 Aug, 1924[39]
Succeeded by
Henry I. M. L. Scott
Preceded by
Alexander R. W. Woods
Captain of H.M.S. Greenwich
22 Aug, 1924[40][41] – 12 Apr, 1926[42]
Succeeded by
Francis W. D. Twigg
Preceded by
Charles G. C. Sumner
Captain of H.M.S. Colombo
11 May, 1926[43] – Nov, 1927[44]
Succeeded by
James S. C. Salmond
Preceded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
29 Jul, 1931[45] – 1 Feb, 1932[46]
Succeeded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Preceded by
Hugh S. Shipway
Commodore-in-Charge, Portland
1 Jul, 1932[47] – 2 Apr, 1933[48]
Succeeded by
John H. K. Clegg

Footnotes

  1. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  2. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  3. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  4. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 387.
  6. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 68.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 942.
  9. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  10. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  11. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 399.
  13. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  14. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  15. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  16. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  17. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  18. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  19. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  20. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  21. The Navy List. (January, 1914). p. 346.
  22. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398t.
  24. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396gg.
  25. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  26. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  27. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396.
  28. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  29. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  30. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  31. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  32. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 898.
  33. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  34. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  35. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  36. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 842.
  37. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  38. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  39. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  40. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 242.
  41. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  42. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  43. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  44. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  45. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  46. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  47. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.
  48. Lecky Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/54. f. 54.