George James Todd

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Rear-Admiral (retired) George James Todd, D.S.O., R.N. (14 May, 1874 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Todd was the son of a reverend. He gained seven months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1889 and being appointed to the turret ship Dreadnought in the Mediterranean on 15 January, 1890.[1]

Todd was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1896.[2]

Todd was appointed in command of H.M.S. Woodcock on the China Station on 4 April, 1905. He was superseded on 20 June, 1907.[3]

Todd was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1907.[4]

Todd commanded the third class protected cruiser Amethyst from the turn of 1915. On 14 March at 4.10am she was hit by shore batteries , killing twenty-two of her crew wounding thirty-eight while knocking out the steering gear and engine room telegraphs. Todd quickly arranged hand steering and ad hoc communication to extricate his ship from danger. Later, he and his senior Lieutenant James Cantrell Johnstone Soutter were mentioned in despatches.[5]

Todd was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1915.[6]

Todd was appointed in command of the light cruiser H.M.S. Bristol on 10 March, 1916. On 6 June 1916, he was gazetted for receiving the Crown of Italy (Cdr.). Todd would command Bristol during the Battle of the Strait of Otranto on 14–15 May 1917. He was awarded a D.S.O. for his services in that action. On 6 April, 1918, he was gazetted the Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour.[7]

Post-War

Todd's command of H.M.S. Bristol extended to 1 February, 1920 on which date he was appointed in command of the Coastal Motor Boat base H.M.S. Osea. Following a brief respite after leaving this post in mid 1921, he attended a Senior Officers' Technical Course in Portsmouth before being placed on the Retired List at his own request on 3 July, 1922.[8]

Todd was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on the Retired List on 8 July, 1926.[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Guy de L. O. Johnson
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
2 Apr, 1902[10][11]c. May, 1902[12]
Succeeded by
William D. Paton
Preceded by
Robert G. D. Dewar
Captain of H.M.S. Cygnet
c. May, 1902[13][Inference] – 20 Jun, 1903[14]
Succeeded by
George J. Todd
Preceded by
R. C. Kemble Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Bruizer
20 Jun, 1903[15] – 6 Oct, 1903[16]
Succeeded by
Eric W. Harbord
Preceded by
George J. Todd
Captain of H.M.S. Cygnet
6 Oct, 1903[17] – 2 Jul, 1904[18]
Succeeded by
William F. Benwell
Preceded by
Douglas E. R. Brownrigg
Captain of H.M.S. Coquette
2 Jul, 1904[19][20] – Dec, 1904[21]
Succeeded by
Fitzroy H. Hall
Preceded by
Rowland H. Bather
Captain of H.M.S. Recruit
3 Jan, 1905[22] – 14 Mar, 1905[23]
Succeeded by
John Nicholas
Preceded by
Rupert S. Gwatkin-Williams
Captain of H.M.S. Seal
14 Mar, 1909[24][25] – Aug, 1910[26]
Succeeded by
Wilfred A. Thompson
Preceded by
Wilfred A. Thompson
Captain of H.M.S. Teviot
23 Aug, 1910[27][28] – 10 Jun, 1911[29]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Preceded by
Guy L. Sclater
Captain of H.M.S. Euryalus
16 Nov, 1911[30] – 19 Dec, 1911[31]
Succeeded by
William G. A. Kennedy
Preceded by
Henry F. G. Talbot
Captain of H.M.S. Prince George
30 Jul, 1914[32] – 7 Aug, 1914[33]
Succeeded by
Alexander V. Campbell
Preceded by
Bertram S. Thesiger
Captain of H.M.S. Amethyst
2 Jan, 1915[34][35] – 10 Mar, 1916[36]
Succeeded by
Edward Unwin
Preceded by
Basil H. Fanshawe
Captain of H.M.S. Bristol
10 Mar, 1916[37][38] – 1 Feb, 1920[39]
Succeeded by
Charles L. Brendon
Preceded by
?
In Command, Osea Naval Base
1 Feb, 1920[40] – 13 Jun, 1921[41]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  2. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  3. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  4. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  5. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  6. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  7. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  8. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  9. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  10. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  11. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 278.
  12. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  13. "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Friday, 14 March 1902. (36715), p. 9.
  14. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  15. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  16. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  17. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  18. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  19. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 296. Date give here is 3 July.
  21. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  22. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  23. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  24. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  25. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 374.
  26. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  27. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  28. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 385.
  29. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  30. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  31. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  32. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  33. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  34. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  35. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392a.
  36. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  37. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  38. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 745.
  39. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  40. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.
  41. Todd Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/7. f. 7.