Charles Langdale Ottley

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Rear-Admiral SIR Charles Langdale Ottley, K.C.M.G., C.B., M.V.O., Royal Navy (8 February, 1858 – 24 September, 1932) was an officer of the Royal Navy.


Early Life & Career

Ottley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 8 December, 1879.[1]

He was appointed to Vernon on 19 May, 1884 as a torpedo Lieutenant.[2]

Ottley was appointed Torpedo Lieutenant of the battleship Victoria, flag ship on the Mediterranean Station, on 14 November, 1889.[3]

Ottley was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1892.[4]


He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1899.[5]

On the occasion of King Edward VII's visit to Paris, Ottley was appointed a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) on 4 May, 1903.[6]

He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King on 1 June, 1907, vice Rich.[7]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, Ottley was placed on the Retired List with permission to assume the rank of Rear-Admiral on 15 June, 1908.[8]

Winston Churchill had evidently offered him a prominent position in the proposed Admiralty War Staff, for Ottley, referring to his "flattering proposal," replied, "I can only say that I shall do exactly what is held to be best for the public interest, I think the fact that I am on the retired list is a very serious disability, and the only justifiable ground for appointing me to such a position would be that no naval officer of the active list could possibly spare enough time from service afloat to do justice to the appointment."[9]

Kathleen Margaret, his widow, died in Bath on 4 February, 1940 aged sixty-seven.[10]


  • "Rear-Admiral Sir C. L. Ottley" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 26 September, 1932. Issue 46248, col A, pg. 17.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles J. Briggs
Head of Mobilisation Division
24 Dec, 1904[11]
Succeeded by
Charles L. Vaughan-Lee
Preceded by
H.S.H. Prince Louis of Battenberg
Director of Naval Intelligence
1 Feb, 1905[12]
Succeeded by
Herbert G. King-Hall


  1. The London Gazette: no. 24791. p. 7324. 12 December, 1879.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1884). p. 249.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1891). p. 263.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26309. p. 4187. 22 July, 1892.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27040. p. 84. 6 January, 1899.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27560. p. 3526. 2 June, 1903.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 28027. p. 3832. 4 June, 1907.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 28150. p. 4555. 23 June, 1908.
  9. Letter of 13 November, 1911. The National Archives. CAB 1/31. ff. 192-193.
  10. "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Thursday, 8 February, 1940. Issue 48534, col B, p. 1.
  11. Ottley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 56.
  12. Ottley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 988.

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