Byron Plantagenet Cary

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Lieutenant-Commander THE HONOURABLE Byron Plantagenet Cary, D.S.O., Baronet (25 January, 1887 – 16 September, 1917) was a submarine officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Cary was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1908.[1] On 1 May, 1909, he was appointed to Mercury for instruction in submarines. On 10 September, 1909 Cary was appointed in command of C 30.[2]

Cary was next appointed in command of the submarine A 11 on 7 December, 1911. He was appointed in command of the submarine C 10 on 1 June, 1914 when his second successive appointment in A 11 ended.[3]

Cary served in command of H 10 from August, 1915 until July of 1916, during which time he conducted six patrols after which he was appointed in command of the new G 9, in which he would conduct fifteen patrols as part of the Tenth Submarine Flotilla. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1916.[4]

Cary and all but one of his crew died when G 9 was rammed and sunk by Pasley in error on 16 September, 1917[5] after G 9 had mistaken the destroyer for a U-boat. Cary was posthumously awarded a D.S.O. for arduous service in command of submarines, gazetted 2 November, 1917. His Badge and Warrant for the award were forwarded to his father, the Right Honorable (Twelfth) Viscount Falkland on 11 January, 1918.[6]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George P. Thomson
Captain of H.M.S. A 11
7 Dec, 1911[7] – 1 Jun, 1914
Succeeded by
Ernest G. Ebblewhite
Preceded by
George C. Street
Captain of H.M.S. C 10
1 Jun, 1914[8]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Walter S. Carson
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. H 10
6 Aug, 1915 – 5 Jul, 1916
Succeeded by
Gilbert E. Venning
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. G 9
5 Jul, 1916 – 16 Sep, 1917[9]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 14.
  2. Cary Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/270. f. 311.
  3. Cary Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/270. f. 311.
  4. Cary Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/270. f. 311.
  5. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 402.
  6. Cary Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/270. f. 311.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 352.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 285.
  9. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 402.