Thomas Humfrey Welsby

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Lieutenant-Commander (retired) Thomas Humfrey Welsby, R.N. (21 February, 1895 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a wine merchant and a strong swimmer and sportsman, Welsby had a spotty naval career.

During the war, Welsby served in T.B. 9, Laurel and Ursa.

Welsby was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 November, 1916. In 1917, he was awarded a Royal Humane Society honour for lifesaving.

In mid-February 1919, he was appointed to the battleship H.M.S. Benbow, but then was sent to the destroyer Vesper in May. Welsby pleaded guilty at Court Martial on 5 July 1919 to a charge of acting to the prejudice of good order and Naval discipline in giving alcohol to certain members of the crew of Vesper. He was severely reprimanded and dismissed the ship.

He served in the monitor Erebus for seven months before being placed on the Retired List at his own request on 26 April, 1920.

Welsby was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on the Retired List with seniority of 15 November, 1924.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in Boulogne for passing bad checques. He was found guilty by default by a Correctional Tribunal, and his name was removed from the Navy List in July 1927.

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