Mervyn Hugh Cobbe

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Captain Mervyn Hugh Cobbe, R.N. (7 April, 1873 – 27 May, 1915) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Cobbe entered Britannia in January, 1886 after placing fifth in order of merit of the forty candidates for naval cadetship that were accepted for acceptance following a round of examinations in late November, 1885.[1]

Cobbe gained eleven months' time on passing out of Britannia. He was appointed to join Agincourt of the Channel Squadron on 10 January, 1888. On 1 March, he was appointed to the armoured cruiser Imperieuse of the China Station.[2]

Cobbe was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in October 1893.[3]

Cobbe was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1904.[4]

Cobbe was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1911.[5]

Cobbe was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Naiad on 11 February, 1914.[6]

The April 1915 Navy List and his own service record indicates that Cobbe was to appointed to Princess Margaret, additional, as Captain in Charge of Minelayers on 9 March, 1915, but he was aboard her ill-fated sister minelayer Princess Irene when she exploded and sank near Sheerness when being loaded with mines. We have indicated that he was in command of the ship, as the next-highest ranking officer aboard, Thomas Hector Molesworth Maurice, is only indicated as having been recently appointed to the ship, but not expressly in command.[7][8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur W. Torlesse
Captain of H.M.S. Hornet
15 Jun, 1897[9]
Succeeded by
Philip S. Watson
Preceded by
Douglas L. Dent
Assistant Secretary to the Ordnance Committee
9 Nov, 1904[10] – 1 Jul, 1907[11]
Succeeded by
Percival H. Warleigh
Preceded by
Carlton V. de M. Cowper
Captain of H.M.S. Psyche
15 Jul, 1907[12] – 31 Aug, 1909[13]
Succeeded by
Henry B. Montagu
Preceded by
Algernon W. Heneage
Captain of H.M.S. Andromache
20 Aug, 1910[14][15] – 9 Jan, 1912[16]
Succeeded by
Walter R. G. Petre
Preceded by
Guy L. Sclater
Captain of H.M.S. Glory
18 Jul, 1913[17] – 9 Aug, 1913[18]
Succeeded by
Charles F. Corbett
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Fearless
9 Aug, 1913[19][20] – 1 Jan, 1914[21]
Succeeded by
William F. Blunt
Preceded by
Thomas P. Bonham
Captain of H.M.S. Naiad
11 Feb, 1914[22][23] – 9 Mar, 1915[24]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Princess Irene
9 Mar, 1915[25] – 27 May, 1915[26]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. "Cadetships In The Navy." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Dec 05, 1885; pg. 8; Issue 31622.
  2. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  3. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  4. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  5. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 16.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 347.
  7. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. pp. 101-2.
  8. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  9. "The Diamond Jubilee" The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jun 16, 1897; pg. 8; Issue 35231.
  10. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  11. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  12. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  13. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  14. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  15. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 275.
  16. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  17. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  18. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  19. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  20. The Navy List. (January, 1914). p. 314.
  21. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  22. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  23. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 347.
  24. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  25. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. ?.
  26. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. pp. 101-2.