Charles William Keighly-Peach

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Admiral Charles William Keighly-Peach, D.S.O., Royal Navy, Retired (23 September, 1865 – 27 November, 1943) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

On 30 October, 1888, Keighly-Peach was appointed to the gunboat H.M.S. Pheasant.[1] Commander Alfred L. Winsloe brought the young Lieutenant to notice in April 1889 for his services in the blockade of the Opobo River on the Nigerian coast. On 3 August, Keighly-Peach distinguished himself by assumed the duties of commanding officer in Pheasant upon the death of her Lieutenant Commanding, while at the same time doing without the services of an engineer.[2]

Keighly-Peach was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1900.[3]

He was appointed as commander of Hogue on 3 May, 1906 and received an unsatisfactory inspection that same month by Admiral Beaumont, citing a "lack of zeal on part of officers." A little more time in the ship seems to have permitted improvement, as Admiral Bosanquet and Rear-Admiral Inglefield offered "satisfactory" and "creditable" inspections in the succeeding 10 months time.[4]

To date 27 January, 1908, Keighly-Peach was appointed to H.M.S. President for Gunnery and Torpedo Courses.[5] He was appointed in temporary command of Leviathan on 15 March, 1909.[6]

On 23 March, 1910 Keighly-Peach served as President of a Court-Martial held at Chatham to try Commander James William Guy Innes "who was charged with having by negligence, or by default, stranded the ocean going destroyer Saracen, of the First Destroyer Flotilla, on the South Shoeburyness Sands on March 7". The Court found that Innes did by default strand the ship, and adjudged him to be severely reprimanded. He was acquitted of stranding the ship by negligence.[7] He was re-appointed to command the armoured cruiser Hogue on recommissioning, dated 12 October, 1910.[8]

He was appointed to command the battleship Hindustan on 13 August, 1917.[9]

Retirement

Keighly-Peach was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 October, 1918 and placed on the Retired List as from 2 October, 1918.[10] He was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) on 1 January, 1919.[11] On 19 July, 1924 he was promoted Vice-Admiral on the Retired List.[12] He was advanced to Admiral on the Retired List on 22 February, 1928.[13]

Service Records


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry M. Doughty
Captain of H.M.S. Leviathan
15 Mar, 1909[14] – 20 Apr, 1909[15]
Succeeded by
Arthur L. Cay
Preceded by
Arthur L. Cay
Captain of H.M.S. Euryalus
20 Apr, 1909[16][17] – Dec, 1909[18]
Succeeded by
Richard M. Harbord
Preceded by
Thomas W. Kemp
Captain of H.M.S. Hogue
Dec, 1909[19][20] – 17 Mar, 1912[21]
Succeeded by
James R. P. Hawksley
Preceded by
Brian H. F. Barttelot
Captain of Chatham Gunnery School
1 Mar, 1912[22] – 1 May, 1914[23]
Succeeded by
Cyril S. Townsend
Preceded by
The Hon. Robert F. Boyle
as Rear-Admiral-in-Charge of the Eastern Coast Guard District
Captain-in-Charge of the Eastern Coast Guard District
6 Jun, 1914[24] – 5 Aug, 1914[25]
Succeeded by
Charles W. Keighly-Peach
Preceded by
Charles W. Keighly-Peach
Captain-in-Charge of the Eastern Coast Guard District
19 Aug, 1914[26] – 13 Aug, 1917[27]
Succeeded by
Charles F. Thorp
as Rear-Admiral-in-Charge of the Eastern Coast Guard District
Preceded by
Denis B. Crampton
Captain of H.M.S. Hindustan
13 Aug, 1917[28] – Feb, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
Alexander P. Davidson
Preceded by
Humphrey H. Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Alsatian
22 Feb, 1918[30] – 30 Sep, 1918[31]
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Cook
 

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 25 October, 1888. Issue 32526, col C, p. 10.
  2. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  4. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 28 January, 1908. Issue 38554, col D, p. 11.
  6. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 15 March, 1909. Issue 38907, col B, p. 9.
  7. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 24 March, 1910. Issue 39228, col C, p. 8.
  8. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 4 October, 1910. Issue 39394, col C, p. 6.
  9. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394k.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 30942. p. 11860. 8 October, 1918.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31099. p. 115. 1 January, 1919.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 32959. p. 5638. 25 July, 1924.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 33362. p. 1494. 2 March, 1928.
  14. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  15. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  16. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  17. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 311.
  18. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  19. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 327.
  21. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  22. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  23. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  24. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  25. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  26. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  27. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  28. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 394k.
  29. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  30. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 146.
  31. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 146.