James William Combe

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Captain James William Combe, C.M.G., R.N., Retired (29 November, 1854 – 31 July, 1921) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Combe was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 7 February, 1880.

Appointed in command of Waterwitch on 12 June, 1894.

Combe was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1896 and re-appointed in command of Waterwitch.

Appointed in command of Triton on 22 March, 1898. He gave up command to Captain George E. Richards on 1 February, 1899.

Combe was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1903.

Combe was appointed a C.M.G. for "excellent survey work done by him in the port of Rosyth and Firth of Forth", gazetted 1 January, 1918.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Waterwitch
12 Jun, 1894 – 21 Apr, 1897
Succeeded by
Preceded by
George Pirie
Captain of H.M.S. Triton
22 Mar, 1898 – 1 Feb, 1899
Succeeded by
George E. Richards
Preceded by
Arthur M. Field
Captain of H.M.S. Penguin
1 Feb, 1899[1] – 1902
Succeeded by
Willoughby P. Dawson


  1. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 290.