Robert Ernest Vaughan

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Commander (retired) Robert Ernest Vaughan, R.N. (12 October, 1873 – c. 21 April, 1937) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Vaughan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1895

Vaughan was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 12 October, 1911.

Vaughan was promoted to the rank of Commander on 12 October, 1913.

On 12 September, 1914, Vaughan was discharged to Chatham Hospital with gastro-enteritis. On 26 April, 1916, he was deemed unfit, suffering fron neuritis.

On 3 May 1917, there was a Court of Enquiry into his admiinistration of Southend [illeg] Service. It was determined that his work showed a lack of consideration for the interests of his subordinates.

Vaughan gave up his role at Southend and reverted to the Retired List on 30 May, 1917. In DEcember 1918, he was granted permission to proceed abroad to the South of France. In the 1920s, this was altered to Spain.

Vaughan's 1937 death appears to be mysterious. His brother, Genreral E. Vaughan, informed the Admiralty that Robert disappeared in April of 1937 from a hotel in Rapallo, Italy. A skeleton was found on 4 November in woods near Caraveggio Mountain whose clothes and effects caused them to be identified as those of Robert Vaughan. It was supposed that he had been returning from a shrine to Rapallo when he had taken ill. His death certificate listed his date of death as being "on or about" 21 April.[1]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John P. Irven
Captain of H.M.S. Robin
22 Dec, 1903 – 1906
Succeeded by
Geoffrey S. F. Nash
Preceded by
Frederick B. Noble
Captain of H.M.S. Moorhen
8 May, 1906[2] – 16 Jan, 1908
Succeeded by
George P. Leith
Preceded by
Maurice Woollcombe
Captain of H.M.S. Brilliant
Aug, 1914[3] – 12 Sep, 1914
Succeeded by
Harold Christian


  1. News in Brief. The Times (London, England), Saturday, Nov 06, 1937; pg. 11; Issue 47835.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 347.
  3. The Navy List. (September, 1914). p. 285.