Edward William Elphinstone Wemyss

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Vice-Admiral (retired) Edward William Elphinstone Wemyss, R.N. (11 June, 1866 – 3 December, 1938) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Punjab, India.

At the examinations for naval cadetships in mid 1879, Wemyss placed nineteenth out of thirty-seven successful candidates.[1]

Wemyss was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 August, 1888.

Wemyss was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1899.

Wemyss was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1906.

Wemyss was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Isis on 20 April, 1907.[2]

Wemyss was appointed in command of the battleship Cæsar on 4 June, 1912.[3] On 20 September 1912, she collided with S.S. City of Brussels and Wemyss was blamed for having failed to be on the bridge at the time. He served in her through to the beginning of February, 1915.

Wemyss was reported by Senior Officer, Gibraltar in early 1915 for having been drunk on two occasions and for habitual heavy drinking. He was put on half pay and informed he would not be employed again. A 1916 follow-up report by Rear-Admiral Stoddart was recorded stating that he had never seen "any trace" of Wemyss drinking.[4]

Wemyss was placed on the Retired List on 14 January, 1917 and promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral (retired) on 2 July, 1917.

Wemyss was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral (retired) on 1 June, 1922.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles F. Sowerby
Captain of H.M.S. Isis
20 Apr, 1907[5] – 4 May, 1909
Succeeded by
Richard M. Harbord
Preceded by
Price V. Lewes
Captain of H.M.S. Cambrian
7 Sep, 1909[6] – 5 Sep, 1911
Succeeded by
John E. Drummond
Preceded by
Herbert Chatterton
Captain of H.M.S. Cæsar
4 Jun, 1912[7] – 11 Feb, 1915[8]
Succeeded by
Edward G. Lowther-Crofton

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 25 June, 1879. Issue 29603, col E, p. 7.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 333.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 288.
  4. Wemyss Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 392.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 333.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 290.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 288.
  8. Ship's Log Book.