Ernest Gillbe Barton

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Admiral Ernest Gillbe Barton, Royal Navy, Retired (20 October, 1861 – 29 January, 1938) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in the Rectory at East Achingham, Barton was the son of Reverend R. G. Barton. He would pass out of Britannia on 21 December, 1876 and was appointed to join Monarch in the Mediterranean. He served in her until 30 October, 1881 and was next appointed to Duke of Wellington for six weeks as an acting Sub-Lieutenant.[1]

In February, 1884, it was reported that Barton had landed at Dutch House, Port Said. Captain Nicholson reported that Barton was with a landing detachment and later in command of a vessel on the Nile.[2]

Barton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1884.[3]

Captain Bedford noted that Barton did not show much interest in his work as he returned from the Nile on 1 August, 1885.[4]

Barton was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1897.[5]

On 20 September 1898, Barton was castigated by the Admiralty for having failed to give orders to a Warrant Officer regarding the conveyance of eighty boys from Portland.[6]

On 2 July 1903, Barton was reported as hospitalised with malaria at Hong Kong, but he was able to rejoin Espiegle on 15 July.[7]

Barton was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1904.[8]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Royal Oak on 15 July, 1905.[9]

On 1 January, 1907, Barton was temporarily appointed in command of Victorious.[10] He was appointed in command of Black Prince on 5 January, 1909.[11] He fouled a buoy at Needles with her in 1910, an accident the Admiralty thought he should have avoided.[12]

Barton left Black Prince when he was superseded on 12 January, 1911. He served briefly in command of H.M.S. New Zealand in mid 1911 and was appointed in command of the battleship Africa on 24 July, 1911.[13]

Retirement

Barton was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 15 July, 1915, vice Grant, and in accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 16 July.[14] He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 3 November, 1919,[15] and to Admiral on 1 August, 1924.[16]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral E. G. Barton" (Obituaries). The Times. Tuesday, 1 February, 1938. Issue 47907, col C, p. 16.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Espiegle
21 Jan, 1902[17]
Succeeded by
Lawrence de W. Satow
Preceded by
Frederick S. Pelham
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
15 Jul, 1905[18] – 28 Jan, 1907[19]
Succeeded by
Thomas L. Shelford
Preceded by
William H. Nicholson
Captain of H.M.S. Ganges
28 Jan, 1907[20] – 5 Jan, 1909[21]
Succeeded by
Arthur L. Gresson
Preceded by
Richard P. F. Purefoy
Captain of H.M.S. Black Prince
5 Jan, 1909[22][23] – 12 Jan, 1911[24]
Succeeded by
Heathcoat S. Grant
Preceded by
Archibald P. Stoddart
Captain of H.M.S. New Zealand
6 Jun, 1911[25] – 24 Jul, 1911[26]
Succeeded by
Frederick D. Gilpin-Brown
Preceded by
Adolphus H. Williamson
Captain of H.M.S. Africa
24 Jul, 1911[27] – 14 May, 1912[28]
Succeeded by
Harry Jones
Preceded by
Harry Jones
Captain of H.M.S. Implacable
14 May, 1912[29] – 3 Jun, 1912[30]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. A. Marescaux
Preceded by
Gerard C. A. Marescaux
Captain-in-Charge of the North of Ireland Coast Guard District
3 Jun, 1912[31] – 15 Jul, 1919[32]
Succeeded by
William D. Church
as District Captain, North of Ireland Coast Guard District
 

Footnotes

  1. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  2. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25429. p. 27. 2 January, 1885.
  4. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26924. p. 7854. 31 December, 1897.
  6. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  7. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 27691. p. 4182. 1 July, 1904.
  9. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 13 July, 1905. Issue 37758, col D, p. 10.
  10. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 12 December, 1906. Issue 38201, col C, p. 10.
  11. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 1 December, 1908. Issue 38818, col E, p. 6.
  12. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  13. "Naval Appointments and Retirements" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 11 July, 1911. Issue 39634, col C, p. 15.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 29236. p. 7073. 20 July, 1915.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 31632. p. 13545. 7 November, 1919.
  16. The London Gazette: no. 32963. p. 5954. 8 August, 1924.
  17. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 253.
  18. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 13 July, 1905. Issue 37758, col D, p. 10.
  19. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  20. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  21. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 284.
  23. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 1 December, 1908. Issue 38818, col E, p. 6.
  24. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  25. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  26. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  27. "Naval Appointments and Retirements" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 11 July, 1911. Issue 39634, col C, p. 15.
  28. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  29. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  30. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.
  31. The Navy List. (March, 1914). 1914. p. 360.
  32. Barton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 74.