Charles Herbert Neill James

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Captain Charles Herbert Neill James, R.N., Retired (1 April, 1884 – 6 January, 1956) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Calcutta.

James was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1906.

In July, 1906, he passed a preliminary examination in Japanese while serving on the China Station. He'd get to Intermediate and then Final by March 1908, gaining at the last stage 902 of 1,000 marks.

In October 1909, he submitted a report on a test firing of the Japanese Fleet. His diligence in the matter was commented on, but he received no letter of appreciation.

James was appointed in command of the destroyer Seal on 3 March, 1914.[1]

James was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1914.

He was in command of the destroyer Attack at the Battle of Jutland, operating with the First Destroyer Flotilla.[2]

James was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1917.

After a month as Senior Naval Officer, Cardiff, James was appointed for duty with the Historical Section on 22 November, 1920. Placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 September, 1922, he may have stayed at the Historical Section until 1926.

James was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 1 April, 1929.

World War II

Shipping Advisor in Havana until 1944. He reverted to the Retired List on 14 December, 1944.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Laurence R. Palmer
Captain of H.M.S. Seal
3 Mar, 1914[3]c. May, 1915[Inference]
Succeeded by
Vernon Hammersley-Heenan
Preceded by
Cyril Callaghan
Captain of H.M.S. Attack
29 May, 1915[4] – Aug, 1916[Inference]
Succeeded by
Daniel H. Rainier
Preceded by
Daniel H. Rainier
Captain of H.M.S. Medway
Aug, 1916[5] – 19 Jan, 1918
Succeeded by
Philip A. Heyder
Preceded by
Noel Grant
Senior Naval Officer, Cardiff
22 Oct, 1920 – 22 Nov, 1920
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 380.
  2. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 46.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 398.
  4. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392f.
  5. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395p.