William Andrew Barkley

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Commander (emergency) William Andrew Barkley, R.N. (2 September, 1869 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Torquay, Barkley gained six months' time on passing ouf of Britannia in December, 1884. He served in Agincourt in the Channel Squadron until being appointed to Audacious on the China Station on 2 November, 1885. He also served in Sapphire for two years, commencing on 28 August, 1886. This would prove a perilous period for him.

In October 1886 he was deprived of one month's time by Captain Kinahan for disobeying orders. In April 1888 he was deprived of two further months' seniority by Captain Karslake for disrespecting a chaplain and naval instructor. Barkley was informed that if he were found guilty of any further infractions, his dismissal from the service would be considered.

Barkley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1895.

Barkley was appointed in command of Fairy in 1901 and suffered a fall down a hatch in late February which required her to return to land him in Plymouth on 1 March.[1] On 6 May, he was sentenced by Court Martial to be dismissed the ship and lose two years' seniority for drinking heavily.

Barkley served in the old turret ship Dreadnought for the 1901 manoeuvres, but his career was compromised. He resigned his commission on 19 October, 1901.

Barkley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on the Emergency List on 1 April, 1903.

Barkley was placed on the Emergency List on 26 January, 1915 and appointed to Pekin, additional, for Boom Defence at Stallingborough on the Humber. He kept at this until being appointed to the Royal naval Barracks, Chatham on 9 February 1917.

Barkley finally reverted to the Retired List from 1 September 1919 and was promoted to the rank of Commander (emergency) in recognition of wartime service, dated 11 November, 1918.

In January 1920, he was granted permission to proceed to Rhodesia.

Barkley would offer his services in 1937 and in 1942, the last time being told that the question was one for the Flag Officer in Charge, Simonstown.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Godfrey E. Corbett
Captain of H.M.S. Opossum
31 Aug, 1900[2] – 31 Aug, 1901
Succeeded by
Cecil G. Chichester
Preceded by
Herbert N. Hunter
Captain of H.M.S. Fairy
1901 – 6 May, 1901
Succeeded by
Cyril Asser


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Friday, Mar 01, 1901; pg. 11; Issue 36391.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 286.