Reginald Blayney Colmore

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Reginald Blayney Colmore

Captain Reginald Blayney Colmore, O.B.E., R.N., Retired (10 February, 1858 – 5 March, 1928) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Colmore was promoted to Lieutenant with seniority of 15 February, 1882.

On 7 July, 1887, Colmore was loaned to the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 41 for manoeuvres.[1]

In 1888, his physique was described as "weak" by Captain Cleveland. He was able to distinguish himself in other capacities, sharing a report on a railway journey taken by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1891-1892. At about the same time, he was thanked for a "clear and interesting" report on the Battles of Concón and the Placilla of the recent Chilean War.

He served as First Lieutenant under Captain Curzon-Howe in the corvette Cleopatra on the North America and West Indies Station. With a landing party from his ship he protected the inhabitants of Bluefields, Nicaragua in March 1894, and it was only by his firmness that a serious outbreak was averted. [2]

Colmore served as commander of Revenge in 1896.

Colmore was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 8 April, 1903, having accepted the command of the Metropilitan Asylums Board Training Ship Exmouth. He was allowed to leave Black Prince without waiting relief on 18 April, 1903.

Colmore offered his services in 1917, but was informed he was too old. Nonetheless, he was appointed O.B.E. for services in connection with the war, gazetted 7 January, 1918.

Colmore died at "Sherwood", Longfield, Kent according to The Times of 7 March, 1928. He was seventy years old.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M. T.B. 41
7 Jul, 1887[3] – 27 Aug, 1887
Succeeded by
Arthur T. Taylor
Preceded by
Robert S. Rolleston
Captain of H.M.S. Phoebe
10 Jul, 1900
Succeeded by
The Hon. Francis C. B. Addington


  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  2. Navy & Army Illustrated, 20 March, 1896.
  3. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.