HC Deb 07 October 1909 vol 11 cc2191-2

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty on what occasions has an officer, who has been in command of a ship lost at sea and who has not been acquitted by court martial for the loss of that ship, been given the command of another?


I do not understand whether the hon. Member refers to occasions on which no court martial was held, or on which a court martial having been held, the officer in command has not been acquitted. Cases during the last 20 years in which a commanding officer has not been court-martialled and has been subsequently given a command are the loss of H.M.S. "Sybille" in 1901; of torpedo-boat 84 in 1906; and of H.M.S. "Ariel" in 1907. The commanding officer of the last-named has been employed since, but not in command, being a junior officer. There is one case, namely the loss of the "Lily" in 1889, where the commanding officer was tried and not acquitted, and subsequently employed in command.