James Charles Wauhope

From The Dreadnought Project
Jump to: navigation, search

Captain James Charles Wauhope, R.N., Retired (15 July, 1884 – 3 December, 1960) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Wauhope was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant on 15 April, 1904.[1]

Wauhope was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1884.[2]

He served in submarines, appointed either to, or to both of A 5 and C 35 on 1 February, 1909 and could speak French in a colloquial manner by 1910. Thought not a clever man, he was a "sound and reliable S/M commander."[3].

Great War

On 14 March, 1917, Wauhope was commended in despatches by the Vice-Admiral Commanding, East Mediterranean Squadron Sir John M. de Robeck for his service during December, 1915 to January, 1916.[4]

Wauhope was appointed in command of the Template:UK-Q4 on 9 October, 1916. He remained in her until 15 August, 1917 shortly after being cautioned for a collision between her and S.S. Rimutaka. He spent three more days in her, now renamed Carrigan Head supervising the fitting out of ships, and to take command of a convoy "on commissioning", which presumably meant the commissioning of the sweeping sloop Asphodel which he was placed in command of just three days later and where he remained through the end of the war.[5]

Inter-war

Wauhope was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1919.[6]

On 12 December, 1921, Wauhope volunteered in the Royal Australian Navy and was loaned to them for two years from 17 January, 1922. Noted as having a strong physique, Captain Sterling thought his influence on junior officers was not what it should be, as he lacked tact. Another appraiser commented that he possessed "common sense but not great brain power." Wauhope was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 10 October, 1922. In 1923, he asked for permission to remain in Australia on completion of his service with the R.A.N.. This was granted, and he was discharged to shore in Australian on 16 March, 1924.[7]

Wauhope was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 15 July, 1929.[8]

Simon Potter emailed to relay a 1937 news story that reported,[9]

Captain J. C. Wauhope, who is travelling from New Guinea to Great Britain, where he will now live. He joined the Royal Navy in 1899 and had his first command, the submarine A 5, in 1908. For a year and a half during the Great War he was in command of a Q ship, the Q4. He was lent to the Royal Australian Navy in 1923, and was commander of the cruiser Adelaide. He retired in 1924 and went to live in New Guinea, where for the past seven years he has been successfully working a claim on the Wewak goldfield.

World War II

Wauhope was placed in command of the new air unit at H.M.S. Mentor on 1 May, 1940 and as Naval Officer in Charge, Stornoway.[10]

Last residing at 40 Inverness Terrace London, W.2, Wauhope died on 3 December, 1960 at The General Hospital Paddington London Administration. His effects amounted to £589 13s. 3d.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. A 5
1 Feb, 1909[12] – 1 Jan, 1910
Succeeded by
John R. A. Codrington
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. C 35
1 Feb, 1909[13]
Succeeded by
Rowland K. C. Pope
Preceded by
William R. D. Crowther
Captain of H.M.S. C 1
8 Nov, 1911[14]
Succeeded by
Clyfford H. Warren
Preceded by
Godfrey Herbert
Captain of H.M.S. Q.4
9 Oct, 1916[15] – 15 Aug, 1917[16]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Reginald G. Copleston
Captain of H.M.S. Asphodel
18 Aug, 1917[17] – 27 Apr, 1920[18]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/143/472. f. 494.
  2. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/126/405. f. 405.
  3. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/143/472. f. 494.
  4. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/143/472. f. 494.
  5. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/143/472. f. 494.
  6. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/126/405. f. 405.
  7. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/126/405. f. 405.
  8. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/126/405. f. 405.
  9. "Narkunda's Passengers" The West Australian, 31 Aug 1937, p. 14. link.
  10. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/126/405. f. 405.
  11. Simon Potter, citing the 1961 England & Wales probate calendar in an email to Tony Lovell dated 29 July, 2015.
  12. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Wednesday, 3 February, 1909. Issue 38873, col A, p. 7.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 244.
  14. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 385.
  15. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/143/472. f. 494.
  16. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/143/472. f. 494.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 734.
  18. Wauhope Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/126/405. f. 405.