Charles Ernest Maconochie

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Commander (retired) Charles Ernest Maconochie, C.B.E., R.N. (27 January, 1886 – 19 April, 1952) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Edinburgh, the son of Charles Maconochie, Sheriff Substitute and Advocate. His first naval service was a half year in Juno of the Cruiser Squadron in 1902 followed by nearly three years in the battleship Bulwark.

Maconochie spent two and a half months in Victorious before moving briefly to Osprey and then to the destroyer Foyle for a year before he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1907.

Maconochie resigned on 24 May 1910, and was invited to join the Emergency List, which he did, only to proceed to Singapore and eventually resign on 1 December, 1911.

He was appointed to Columbine as Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Lowry from 1 December 1914 to 1 April, 1916 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1915. On 1 April, he was appointed to Crescent as Flag Lieutenant-Commander to Admiral Hamilton. He remained in Crescent and continued his work ni the same capacity for Admiral Sir Burney, Commander-in-Chief Rosyth on 13 October 1917.

Maconochie left Crescent when he was appointed to work with Admiral Patrols, Malta on 2 April, 1918. He continued in this appointment through 5 February, 1919, when he reverted to the Emergency List. He was granted the rank of Commander (retired) in recognition of war service on 6 March, 1919, dated 11 November 1918.

World War II

Maconochie was first appointed to assist the Naval Chief of Staff at Forth in August, 1939.

He later served as Chief Staff Officer to Flag officer in Charge, Liverpool vice Jefferys from 3 March 1942 to 29 August, 1944, holding the acting rank of Captain from 10 March 1942 while serving in that appointment.

On 13 September 1944, he was appointed Chief Staff Officer on staff of Flag Officer, Norway. In August 1945 this wound down, and in October he reverted to the Emergency List. Maconochie would be granted the War Service Rank of Captain.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Ralph Leatham
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 58
Captain of H.M. T.B. 058
7 Jan, 1908[1] – Dec, 1909
Succeeded by
David B. Nicol


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 400.