John Campbell Watson

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Captain (retired) John Campbell Watson, R.N. (30 May, 1866 – 27 March, 1953) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Plymouth, the son of Rear-Admiral G. W. Watson.

Watson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1889.

On 11 February, 1899 while returning under the command of Lt. Herbert John Temple Marshall with other T.B.Ds. of the flotilla to Devonport after a cruise in the Channel, Ferret's propeller entangled the painter of a boat, smashing the boat and throwing the three occupants into the drink. The men were rescued with some difficulty by the Watson's own H.M.S. Seal. As this occurred, the two destroyers came together, damaging Seal's stern plates and Ferret's torpedo tubes. Both ships were taken into Devonport Dockyard to have their damage repaired.[1]

Watson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 June, 1902.

Watson was placed on the Retired List on account of age at the rank of Captain on 26 May, 1919.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Seal
27 Nov, 1898 – 6 Jul, 1899
Succeeded by
Arthur J. Payne
Preceded by
Vivian O. L. Champion de Crespigny
Captain of H.M.S. Lizard
6 Jul, 1899[2] – 16 Aug, 1902
Succeeded by
John C. T. Glossop
Preceded by
Douglas L. Dent
Captain of H.M.S. Æolus
28 Jan, 1908[3]c. Mar, 1909
Succeeded by
Louis C. S. Woollcombe
Preceded by
Brian H. F. Barttelot
Captain of H.M.S. Niobe
31 Mar, 1909[4] – 3 Nov, 1909
Succeeded by
Guy R. A. Gaunt
Preceded by
Thomas L. Shelford
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Oak
3 Nov, 1909[5] – 15 Jan, 1910
Succeeded by
Harry H. Smyth


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Feb 13, 1899; pg. 7; Issue 35751.
  2. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 276.
  3. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 273.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 350.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 369.