Charles Hay Forbes

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Captain (retired) Charles Hay Forbes, C.B.E. (23 September, 1873 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Son of Captain J. A. Forbes. Upon passing out of Britannia in December, 1888, he was appointed to the corvette Conquest on the China Station, where things went poorly for him. In May 1890, he was deprived of one months' seniority by Captain Henderson for "want of diligence and attention to his duties" and another months' time for [illeg] to the chaplain and naval instructor. Another report detailed the loss of a further four months' time, and words such as "recommend his removal from the service" and "consider his retention in the serice is not desirable" are sprinkled about. He was able to weather the storm somehow, and left the ship when she paid off on 11 May, 1892.

He was sent to join Howe of the Channel Squadron for six months, and then to Camperdown, additional, for nine.

Forbes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June, 1896.

Forbes was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 15 July, 1909. He was granted a step in rank to Commander (retired) upon reaching the age of 40 on 23 September 1913.

During the Great War, he served as a Transport Officer at Portsmouth and Salonika.

Forbes was granted the rank of Captain (retired) in recognition of war service with seniority of 11 November, 1918.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Portsmouth
24 Mar, 1917 – 19 Jan, 1918
Succeeded by
Peter B. Garrett
Preceded by
William Mellor
Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Salonika
19 Jan, 1918 – 16 Apr, 1919
Succeeded by