Charles Alfred Wemyss Muir

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Commander Charles Alfred Wemyss Muir, R.N., Retired (13 November, 1892 – 15 October, 1939) served in the Royal Navy.

His career was just getting its start when the war broke out. Service in submarines, and in command of submarines was cut short by health issues.

Life & Career

Muir was born in Khow, Bengal, India in 1892 to Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Mungo Muir and Frances Emma Huleatt. Muir passed out of training on 15 May, 1910, having gained three months time. He was appointed to the battleship Lord Nelson, serving with the Home Fleet.[1]

He was sent next to the corvette Boadicea on 15 May, 1911, and four months later to the Warrior Class armoured cruiser Warrior. In mid-November, 1912 he was sent to King George V for an appointment lasting until he was sent to Hercules on 7 March, 1913.

Muir was appointed to the light cruiser Southampton on 6 June, 1913 and was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant nine days later.

Muir was appointed to the Laforey Class destroyer Laurel in March of 1914.

Great War

Muir was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 September, 1914, being reappointed on that day in Laurel.[2]

He was appointed next to Maidstone for submarine service on 13 November, being moved over to the depot ship Forth on 26 November.[3]

On 16 April, 1915, he was appointed to the submarine C 30. He remained in her until being appointed to J 1 on 16 December, 1915.[4]

On 18 March, 1916, he was admitted to Haslar Hospital, suffering from rubella. He was found fit on the 29th.[5]

On 19 March, 1917, he was superseded in J 1. One month later, he was appointed to Platypus to take command of D 1. He left D 1 on 28 August to be assume command of her sister boat, D 8. He remained in her until being superseded in command by Lieutenant Robert Charles Thornber Roe on 13 July, 1918 when Muir was appointed to Dolphin for further work with submarines.[6]

Ill Health & Retirement

Muir was admitted to Haslar to be surveyed for high blood pressure on 31 July, 1918. He was kept for observation and discharged on 6 August, but was deemed fit for shore service only. His appointment in Dolphin was abbreviated on the 12th of August when he was transferred to General Service as being medically unfit for submarines. Muir was appointed to Alecto as her first Lieutenant on the 12th.[7]

Muir's appointment in Alecto ended when he was sent back to hospital again on 3 March, 1919 on his way to take up a new posting in Prince George. However, the hospital visit did not go well and Muir was invalided and placed on the Retired List on 6 March, 1919. His appointment to Prince George was accordingly cancelled five days afterward. His naval career was over.[8]

Muir was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 September, 1922.[9]

Muir was promoted to the rank of Commander on the Retired List on 13 November, 1932.[10]

In July of 1939, Muir was appointed to the Tynemouth National Service Committee, but he died in mid October.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alfred E. Whitehouse
Captain of H.M.S. D 1
19 Apr, 1917[11] – 28 Aug, 1917[12]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Geoffrey R. S. Watkins
Captain of H.M.S. D 8
28 Aug, 1917[13] – 13 Jul, 1918[14]
Succeeded by
Robert C. T. Roe

Footnotes

  1. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  2. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  3. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  4. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  5. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  6. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  7. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  8. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  9. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  10. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  11. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  12. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  13. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.
  14. Muir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/55. f. 17.