William Marcus Charles Beresford Whyte

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Paymaster Rear-Admiral Sir William M. C. B. Whyte, 1921.
© National Portrait Gallery, London.

Paymaster Rear-Admiral SIR William Marcus Charles Beresford Whyte, K.C.B.C.M.G., R.N. (28 November, 1863 – 13 July, 1932) was the first Paymaster Director-General of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Whyte was specially promoted to the rank of Staff Paymaster on 1 January, 1901, for services in South Africa.[1]

Whyte was promoted to the rank of Fleet Paymaster on 27 November, 1903, with seniority of 1 January, 1903.[2]

Great War

Whyte's appointment in Defence ended on 4 October, 1914, and he returned home on account of asthma. He was found fit on 28 December and on 30 December he was appointed to President as Transport Officer on the staff of the Transport Department. He was appointed temporary Paymaster-in-Chief on 1 January, 1918. On 1 July he was appointed Paymaster Director-General at the Admiralty.[3]


He was gazzetted an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, of the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 2 January, 1922.[4]


  • "Sir W. B. Whyte, R.N." (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 15 July, 1932. Issue 46186, col F, p. 8.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Sir John H. G. Chapple
Paymaster Director-General
1 Jul, 1918[5]
Succeeded by
Charles F. Pollard


  1. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27623. p. 8023. 4 December, 1903.
  3. ADM 196/81. f. 69.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32563. p. 10712. 31 December, 1921.
  5. Whyte Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/81. f. 69.