George Lindsay Malcolm Leckie

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Captain (retired) George Lindsay Malcolm Leckie, (11 February, 1851 – 21 January, 1928) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

On 4 January, 1873, he was awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal.

Leckie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 8 October, 1874.

On 1 April, 1880, a Court of Inquiry found that Leckie was not unfit for duty through drink on 27 February. Nonetheless on 12 April, he was told that he did not appear temperate and that his wine account was "discreditable."

Leckie was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1889. On 28 January, 1890, he sent word that he was heading home in Crocodile, having suffered a slight stroke of paralysis. He arrived at home on 7 February.

While in command of the screw sloop Swallow, his Lieutenant (N) Edward B. Kiddle provided some insights into Leckie's physical health in his memoirs:

Commander L, arrived from England and joined us at Zanzibar. He was an enormously fat man and joined with only the two top buttons of his white tunic buttoned (all that would button). He messed with the wardroom, being too lazy to bother about his own mess. He worried about nothing and left the officers to run the ship as they liked. Frequently he would not leave his bed to take the ship into harbour, but left me to my own devices.[1]

The Navy knew that Leckie's health was poor. On 26 May 1897 he was appointed to Melampus for service in the Coast Guard. Before two years had passed, he was inquiring about retirement. Accordingly, Leckie was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 3 May, 1899.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Lewis D. Sampson
Captain of H.M.S. Swallow
10 Jul, 1894[2] – 26 May, 1897
Succeeded by
Francis W. Keary


  1. Naval Memories. Memoirs in the possession of the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth. 1988.337.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 267.