Charles Frederick Corbett

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Admiral Charles F. Corbett as a Commodore, Second Class, 1917.
Portrait: Francis Dodd. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1729).

Admiral Charles Frederick Corbett, C.B., M.V.O., Royal Navy, Retired (21 November, 1867 – 29 January, 1955) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Corbett was born in Dartmouth.

Corbett was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 January, 1891.[1]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Janus on 25 August, 1899.[2]

Corbett was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 June, 1902.[3]

Corbett was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June 1907.[4]

Corbett was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Blake on 25 June, 1908.[5]

In December, 1909, Corbett lost Section III of the Instructions for Private Signals and incurred the severe displeasure of the Admiralty.[6]

On 16 September 1911, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Flora, recommissioning her at Colombo for service with the China Station.[7]

The Admiralty praised him for his services during disturbances in China in September, 1913.

Great War

Corbett was appointed in command of the battleship Glory on 1 August, 1914.[8]

He was to appointed as Captain of the battleship Jupiter on 16 March, 1916 and remained in command until she paid off on 21 December, 1916. At the turn of 1917, Corbett was appointed to H.M.S. Vivid as Commodore, Second Class in charge of the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport.[9]

Post-War

Corbett was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 January, 1919, vice Oliver.[10] Superseded in command of the barracks on 1 February, Corbett was appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding the Rosyth Reserve on 1 May, 1919.[11]

Corbett was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, dated 14 October, 1922.[12]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 31 July, 1924.[13] He was advanced to Admiral on the Retired List on 22 February, 1928.[14]

His cause of death is oddly noted as being firstly due to myocardial failure, followed by hiccups.[15]

See Also

  • Service Records
  • "Adml. Charles Corbett" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 31 January, 1955. Issue 53153, col E, p. 8.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George A. Ballard
Captain of H.M.S. Janus
25 Aug, 1899[16][17] – 1 Jan, 1900[18]
Succeeded by
Guy de L. O. Johnson
Preceded by
Charles P. R. Coode
Captain of H.M.S. Redpole
1 Jan, 1900[19][20] – late Apr, 1902[21]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John F. E. Green
Captain of H.M.S. Racehorse
19 Jun, 1903[22] – 1904[23]
Succeeded by
John Kiddle
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Usk
early 1904[24] – 1 Jun, 1905[25]
Succeeded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Preceded by
James U. Farie
Captain of H.M.S. Ure
11 Jul, 1905[26] – 9 Nov, 1905[27]
Succeeded by
Robert J. Buchanan
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Adventure
9 Nov, 1905[28][29] – 16 Jul, 1907[30]
Succeeded by
Arthur A. M. Duff
Preceded by
John S. Luard
Captain of H.M.S. Blake
25 Jun, 1908[31][32] – 2 Aug, 1910[33]
Succeeded by
Warren H. D'Oyly
Preceded by
Harold Christian
Captain of H.M.S. Hannibal
13 Jun, 1911[34]c. 1 Aug, 1911[35]
Succeeded by
Cecil I. Prowse
Preceded by
John Nicholas
Captain of H.M.S. Flora
1 Aug, 1911[36] – 19 Dec, 1913[37]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Mervyn H. Cobbe
Captain of H.M.S. Glory
1 Aug, 1914[38][39] – 16 Mar, 1916[40]
Succeeded by
William F. Blunt
Preceded by
William F. Blunt
Captain of H.M.S. Jupiter
16 Mar, 1916[41][42] – 21 Dec, 1916[43]
Succeeded by
Montague R. Bernard
Preceded by
John de M. Hutchison
as Rear-Admiral Commanding, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
Commodore-in-Command, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport
1 Jan, 1917[44][45] – 1 Feb, 1919[46]
Succeeded by
Edward Reeves
Preceded by
Sir Trevylyan D. W. Napier
as Vice-Admiral Commanding, Rosyth Reserve
Rear-Admiral, Reserve Fleet, Rosyth
1 May, 1919[47][48] – 1 May, 1920[49]
Succeeded by
Crawford Maclachlan

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 26121. p. 4. 2 January, 1891.
  2. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 9 August, 1899. Issue 35903, col D, p. 4.
  3. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 17.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 285.
  6. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 313-5.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 323.
  9. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 31112. p. 364. 7 January, 1919.
  11. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 694.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 32761. p. 7535. 27 October, 1922.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 32962. p. 5889. 5 August, 1924.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 33362. p. 1494. 2 March, 1928.
  15. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  16. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  17. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 9 August, 1899. Issue 35903, col D, p. 4.
  18. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  19. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  20. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 297a.
  21. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  22. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  23. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  24. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  25. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  26. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  27. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  28. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  29. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 272.
  30. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  31. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  32. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 284.
  33. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  34. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  35. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  36. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  37. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  38. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  39. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394i.
  40. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  41. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  42. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395o-p.
  43. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  44. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  45. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1918). p. 2.
  46. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  47. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.
  48. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 694.
  49. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/483. f. 488.