Vincent Byrne Cardwell

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Captain Vincent Byrne Cardwell, O.B.E., R.N., Retired (28 May, 1886 – 20 September, 1955) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Edgbaston and raised by his mother.

Early service in Bacchante and Montagu before being appointed to the destroyer Violet for the Annual Manoeuvres of 1906.

Cardwell was appointed to Ardent on 16 July, 1907 and remained in her in lieu of a Sub-lieutenant after being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 September, 1907.

In early 1911, he was treated at Haslar for gonorrhea.

Having studied navigation, Cardwell found himself in Minerva as first and navigating officer on 12 June 1914, and named acting Commander by the C-in-C on 10 January, 1915. He was cautioned after the ship grounded in Mik[illeg] Channel.

Cardwell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 September, 1915 and was again made an acting commander on 19 October, 1916. He remained in Minerva, having shed his navigational role and become the ship's executive officer.

He moved to the light cruiser Glasgow as executive officer in June 1918.


Glasgow paid off on 15 April, 1919. In August 1919, he was removed from the list of (N) officers on his request and from then to April 1920, Cardwell was put in command of the sweeping sloop Sir Bevis.

Cardwell was recommended by Admiral Tupper in August 1920 for inducing hunger strikers aboard his convoy sloop H.M.S. Heather to take food. He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1921.

Cardwell was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 28 May, 1932.

World War II

Commanded a ship which he grounded and collided with a steamer.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Albert S. Elwell-Sutton
Captain of H.M.S. Sir Bevis
18 Aug, 1919 – 24 Apr, 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Irving M. Palmer
Captain of H.M.S. Heather
24 Apr, 1920 – 1 Aug, 1921
Succeeded by
Geoffrey C. Candy
Preceded by
Bernard Buxton
Captain of H.M.S. Veronica
7 Sep, 1922[1] – 1 Mar, 1925
Succeeded by
Philip Hordern
Preceded by
Francis D. Mowat
Captain of H.M.S. Daffodil
11 Oct, 1927[2] – 28 Oct, 1929
Succeeded by
Alexander G. B. Wilson


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 281.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 229.