Kakoulidis in Thessloniki, during the Macedonian Struggle
|Born||22 May [O.S. 10 May] 1871|
|Died||30 May 1946|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Greece|
|Service/|| Royal Hellenic Navy|
Imperial Russian Navy (on secondment)
|Years of service||1890–1921|
|Battles/wars||Greco-Turkish War of 1897, Macedonian Struggle, Balkan Wars, World War I, Allied intervention in Southern Russia, Asia Minor Campaign|
He specialized in naval artillery, and repeatedly served on ships of the Russian Imperial Navy for further education. His first tenure abroad was in 1894–1897, during which he was promoted to second lieutenant, on 26 May 1895. He then participated in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 aboard the ironclad warship Psara. Promoted to lieutenant on 24 March 1899, he left for another tour abroad in 1900–1902, followed by a stint as professor in the Navy Academy in 1903–1904.
He took part in the clandestine Macedonian Struggle, initially taking the guise of an animal trader called Christidis, in the area of Serres, but later taking command of his own armed band, with the nom de guerre of Kapetan Dragas (Καπετάν Δράγας). In 1907–08 he served abroad. In October 1909, he participated in the abortive coup of Lieutenant Konstantinos Typaldos-Alfonsatos. Promoted to lieutenant commander on 29 March 1910, he then commanded the destroyer Niki (1910), the gunboats Pineios and Evrotas (1910–11), and the destroyer Sfendoni (1911–12).
During the Balkan Wars of 1912–13, he served as first officer of the ironclad Hydra, taking part in the battles of Elli and Lemnos against the Ottoman navy, as well as the occupation of the islands of the eastern Aegean: Lemnos, Lesbos, and Thasos. He also took part in the mission of blockading the Ottoman cruiser Hamidiye in the Red Sea in April–May 1913.
Promoted to commander on 2 June 1913, he served as commander of the destroyers Panthir (1913-14) and Ierax (1914–15), while also serving as flotilla commodore of the four "Wild Beast"-class destroyers. On 7 February 1915, he was promoted to captain. In 1915, he briefly served as head of the Harbor Authorities Inspectorate.
During the National Schism, he supported Eleftherios Venizelos against the royal government in Athens. When the latter declared his "Provisional Government of National Defence" in Thessaloniki, on 11 November 1916, Kakoulidis with ten men boarded the ironclad Hydra, and with the assistance of its captain, Ioannis Vratsanos, took control of the ship. The mutineers sailed the ship to the nearby French naval squadron, and thence sailed to Thessaloniki, where they joined the Provisional Government's forces. Kakoulidis served as head of the Provisional Government's naval forces until 1917, when Greece was reunified under Venizelos.
With the formal entry of the country into the First World War, he served as Commander of the Light Fleet (1918), and subsequently of the Battleship Squadron (1918–19), being promoted to rear admiral on 8 March 1919. From this position, he participated with his flagship, Averof, in the Allied occupation of Constantinople in November 1918, and in the Allied intervention in Southern Russia in 1919. On 18 January 1919, he was awarded the Greek War Cross 2nd Class, for his services during the First World War.
During the subsequent Asia Minor Campaign, he served as Chief of the Navy General Staff, until being appointed Greek representative in the Allied advisory commission on naval affairs later in 1920. After the electoral victory of the royalist parties in November 1920, he was suspended from active service on 26 April 1921, and retired on 30 September 1921. On 12 February 1925, he was promoted retroactively to vice admiral in retirement, the appointment backdated to 6 October 1921.
After his retirement, Kakoulidis entered politics in Kozani, being elected as a representative to the IV National Assembly in 1924–25, and then an MP in 1926–1928, Senator in 1929–1935, and again MP in 1936, always with Venizelos' Liberal Party. In 1929–1930, he was Minister Governor-General of Thrace in the Venizelos cabinets.
- Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.
- "Διατελέσαντες Αρχηγοί ΓΕΝ: Κακουλίδης, Γεώργιος" (in Greek). Hellenic Navy. Archived from the original on 11 August 2020.
- "Κακουλίδης Γεώργιος". Μεγάλη Στρατιωτικὴ καὶ Ναυτικὴ Ἐγκυκλοπαιδεία. Tόμος Τέταρτος: Καβάδης–Μωριάς [Great Military and Naval Encyclopaedia. Volume IV: Kavadh–Morea] (in Greek). Athens: Ἔκδοσις Μεγάλης Στρατιωτικῆς καὶ Ναυτικῆς Ἐγκυκλοπαιδείας. 1929. p. 17. OCLC 31255024.