Henry James Maitland Makgill Crichton

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Lieutenant-Commander Henry James Maitland Makgill Crichton (19 May, 1885 – 8 March, 1948) was an officer in the Royal Navy. His name may have originally been James Henry Maitland Makgill Crichton.

Another man named of only a few weeks difference in age, James Richard Maitland Makgill Crichton, also served. He was perhaps a cousin?

Life & Career

Crichton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1907.

When in command of T.B. 074 in 1910, he was found "greatly to blame" for a collision with the destroyer Charger.

He transferred to the Emergency List on 6 September 1912, but was reinstated on 9 June 1913. At the outbreak of war, Captain Nugent noted that Crichton was of "average ability" and though painstaking, was "rather nervous and excitable."

During the war, he served in Hibernia and then in Agincourt. In the second ship, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1915. He left the ship for Hindustan on 15 May 1917.

In 1918, he spent three months in command of the monitor M.17.

He was placed on the Retired List on 12 July 1918.

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