Charles Reid Peploe

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Captain Charles Reid Peploe, D.S.C., R.N. (5 February, 1890 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Peploe was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 36 on 8 December, 1914.[1]

Peploe was appointed in command of the destroyer Westcott on 19 March, 1918.[2]

When in command of Westcott on 21 June, 1919, his destroyer was one of just two left to watch over the interned German fleet in Scapa Flow, sitting with ready steam in Gutter Sound the great German scuttle operation began. His executive officer recorded the moment of this sad discovery.[3]

The officers were all gathered in the ward room having a gun before lunch when a sub-lieutenant officer of the watch one the quarter deck shouted through the ward room hatch, "There's a German destroyer sinking." Lieutenant-Commander Peploe, the skipper, answered, "Don't talk such tripe." But they all hurried on deck and saw that every German ship had hoisted its flag and that ladders were being got out and boats lowered. A signal was at once sent to the Vice-Admiral who was at sea.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Cosmo M. Graham
Captain of H.M. T.B. 36
8 Dec, 1914[4] – 20 Feb, 1916[5]
Succeeded by
John K. McLeod
Preceded by
Geoffrey Mackworth
Captain of H.M.S. Nepean
8 Jul, 1917[6]
Succeeded by
Irvine G. Glennie
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Westcott
19 Mar, 1918[7] – 15 Jan, 1921
Succeeded by
Edward N. Mortimer
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Witch
4 Feb, 1924[8]
Succeeded by
Ralph Kerr


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 899.
  3. Lieutenant Henry McCall account in S. C. George's Jutland to Junkyard, Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh. 1999, p. 30.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401.
  5. Ship's Log at
  6. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395w.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 899.
  8. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 289.