William Melvin Carey

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Commander William Melvin Carey, R.N., Retired (4 July, 1887 – 2 May, 1933) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Barnet, the son of H. S. Carey, Esq., Carey gained two and a half months' time on passing out of Britannia on 15 May, 1903.

Carey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1909.

Carey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1917.


On 30 December, 1923 Carey was appointed to Harebell for the fishery protection vessel Colne, to assume command upon her re-commissioning. He was superseded on 1 December, 1925.

On 15 December 1925, he was loaned to the Royal Australian Navy for two years. He commanded H.M.A.S. Marguerite during part of his time there.

Carey was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 27 September, 1927.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John Hope
Captain of H.M.S. Moorhen
28 Jul, 1877[1]
Succeeded by
James H. Corfe
Preceded by
Napier R. Peploe
Captain of H.M.S. Mistley
20 Jan, 1922[2] – 30 Dec, 1923
Succeeded by
Maurice Ewbank
Preceded by
Reginald C. Creer
Captain of H.M.A.S. Marguerite
13 Feb, 1926[3]
Succeeded by
Kenneth Michell
Preceded by
John A. Edgell
Captain of H.M.A.S. Moresby
13 Feb, 1926[4]
Succeeded by
Denys A. Henderson


  1. The Navy List. (October, 1878). p. 225.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 784.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 293.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1927). p. 293.