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Edward Charlton (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir Edward Francis Benedict Charlton KCB KCMG JP (21 March 1865 – 23 October 1937) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station.

Sir Edward Charlton
Edward Charlton in 1916.jpg
Charlton in 1916
Born21 March 1865
Died23 October 1937 (1937-10-24) (aged 72)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1878–1924
Commands heldCape of Good Hope Station
Battles/warsAnglo-Egyptian War
World War I
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George


Naval careerEdit

Charlton joined the Royal Navy in 1878 and served in the Anglo-Egyptian War in 1882. Promoted to Captain in 1903, he was made Captain (Destroyers) in the Home Fleet in 1904.[1] He went on to be Assistant Director of Torpedoes from 1911.[2] He served in World War I as Admiral Commanding East Coast Minesweepers from 1914 and then as Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station from 1916.[3] After the War he became Flag Officer commanding the East Coast of England.[4] He retired in 1924.[5]

He lived at Eastern House in Alverstoke in Hampshire.[6]


In 1903 he married Laura Mary Strutt; they had three daughters.[6] In 1910 he married Winifred Mary Stapleton-Bretherton; they had two sons and three daughters.[6]


  1. ^ Naval & Military Intelligence, The Times, 4 December 1903
  2. ^ Naval Appointments, The Times, 11 January 1911
  3. ^ Simonstown Historical Society Archived 4 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Supplement to the Monthly Navy List, November 1918, p. 2
  5. ^ "No. 32919". The London Gazette. 18 March 1924. p. 2323.
  6. ^ a b c The

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