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]

Ottley was appointed Torpedo Lieutenant of the battleship Victoria, flag ship on the Mediterranean Station, on 14 November, 1889.[2]

Ottley was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1892.[3]


He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1899.[4]

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.[5]

He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King on 1 June, 1907, vice Rich.[6]

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.[7]

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."[8]

Kathleen Margaret, his widow, died in Bath on 4 February, 1940 aged sixty-seven.[9]


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


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

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