Benjamin Wingate Barrow

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Rear-Admiral Benjamin Wingate Barrow, D.S.O., Royal Navy (21 August, 1878 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Barrow was born in Arrah, India.

In December, 1897 he was admitted to Plymouth Hospital for an "uncertain period" with a diagnosis of "Gonoerheal Rhumatism[sic]".[1]

Barrow was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1901.[2]

Barrow was appointed in command of the destroyer Shark in June, 1907. He grounded her at the turn of the year. He was told he had incurred "severe displeasure" and told to be more careful in future as he began a half-year command of H.M.S. Cygnet.

He married Charlotte Constance Brooke on 29 August, 1908 at St. Paul's in Paddington.[3] They would eventually have five children together.[4]

Barrow was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1909.[5]

In August of 1910, he was appointed in command of the Beagle Class destroyer Savage. In May of 1912, Barrow was judged solely to blame for damaging the sights of her starboard 12-pdr gun while coaling.

Barrow was appointed in command of the destroyer Firedrake on 4 January, 1913.[6] On 30 June, 1913, he was Court Martialed for stranding his destroyer. Negligence was proved and he was severely reprimanded. In the credit column, Firedrake was able to produce good results in gunlaying tests later that year. Firedrake was also involved in the Curragh Incident in March 1914.

The Great War

Barrow was appointed in command of the destroyer Maori on 30 July, 1914.[7]

Barrow was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1914. On 4 March, 1915, Maori helped sink U 8 off Dover, assisted by Ghurka. Barrow would eventually be awarded the D.S.O. for his part in this success, but his role in the war was not to last must longer, as on 7 May, 1915, Maori was mined and lost under his command and Barrow became a prisoner of war. Upon his repatriation, he was assigned to work in the Intelligence Division, dated 30 November, 1918.[8]

Post-War

Barrow was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1920.[9]

Barrow was appointed in command of the light cruiser Coventry in July, 1922.

He passed preliminary examinations as an interpreter in French in 1926, though he'd been speaking both French and German at some level since at least 1919.[10]

He was temporarily appointed as Captain Superintendent of Contract Built Ships on 19 February, 1927 to serve there until 1 March, 1929.[11]

Barrow was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 14 October, 1932 and placed on the Retired List the following day.[12]

World War II

Like so many retired officers of his age, Barrow was thrown into convoy work as World War II began, first being appointed as Commodore of Convoy as a Commodore, Second Class, R.N.R. on 24 August, 1939. On 27 November, 1939 he was sent to the Liverpool Convoy Pool. Around April, 1942, he was sent to the Commodore in Charge and Commodore Superintendent, Simonstown vice Budgen.[13]

In mid-July, 1944 he was called back and in October 1944 he reverted to the Retired List.[14]

In 1947, Barrow moved to South Africa. He died at his home Bonaventure in Claremont, Cape Town.[15]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Wiiliam E. Prowse
Captain of H.M. T.B. 57
11 Jul, 1899[16] – 4 Sep, 1899[17]
Succeeded by
Clive C. H. Maitland-Addison
Preceded by
Percy Johnson
Captain of H.M.S. Shark
Jun, 1907[18] – 2 Jan, 1908[19]
Succeeded by
Henry F. H. Wakefield
Preceded by
Frederick B. Noble
Captain of H.M.S. Cygnet
2 Jan, 1908[20] – 9 Jun, 1908[21]
Succeeded by
Charles C. Dix
Preceded by
Charles C. Dix
Captain of H.M.S. Success
9 Jun, 1908[22][23] – 15 Jun, 1910[24]
Succeeded by
Charles G. Ramsey
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Savage
11 Aug, 1910[25][26] – 4 Jan, 1913[27]
Succeeded by
Henry Haire-Forster
Preceded by
George K. Chetwode
Captain of H.M.S. Firedrake
4 Jan, 1913[28][29] – 24 Jun, 1914[30]
Succeeded by
Alfred B. Watts
Preceded by
Henry de B. Tupper
Captain of H.M.S. Maori
24 Jun, 1914[31] – 7 May, 1915[32]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
John S. Morrell
Captain of H.M.S. Hussar
4 Mar, 1919[33] – 26 Feb, 1921[34]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Alfred H. Norman
Captain of H.M.S. Coventry
15 Jul, 1922[35] – 29 Jul, 1924[36]
Succeeded by
Richard M. King
Preceded by
Thomas J. S. Lyne
Captain of H.M.S. Blenheim
22 Aug, 1924[37] – 17 Nov, 1925[38]
Succeeded by
Christopher J. F. Wood
Preceded by
Christopher J. F. Wood
Captain of H.M.S. Ark Royal
17 Nov, 1925[39] – 23 Aug, 1926[40][41]
Succeeded by
James W. Murray
Preceded by
Frederick C. Fisher
Captain Superintendent, Sheerness Dockyard
1 Apr, 1929[42] – 15 Jul, 1930[43]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. Hamilton
Preceded by
Malcolm L. Goldsmith
Captain of H.M.S. Harebell
15 Jul, 1930[44] – 15 Jul, 1932[45]
Succeeded by
John S. G. Fraser
Preceded by
Malcolm L. Goldsmith
Captain of Fishery Protection and Minesweeping Flotilla
15 Jul, 1930[46] – 15 Jul, 1932[47]
Succeeded by
John S. G. Fraser
Preceded by
Douglas A. Budgen
Senior Naval Officer, Simonstown
15 Apr, 1942[48] – 1944[49]
Succeeded by
John H. Young

Footnotes

  1. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 5.
  3. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  4. Family Tree.
  5. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 314.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 354.
  8. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  9. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  10. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  11. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  12. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  13. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  14. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  15. Email from Anthony Harding of Johannesburg, dated 24 May 2015.
  16. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  17. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  18. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  19. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  20. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  21. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  22. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  23. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 378.
  24. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  25. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  26. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 372.
  27. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  28. The Navy List. (June, 1914). p. 314.
  29. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  30. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  31. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  32. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  33. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  34. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  35. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  36. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  37. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  38. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  39. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  40. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  41. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  42. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  43. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  44. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  45. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  46. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  47. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 511.
  48. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 522.
  49. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 522.