Christopher Powell Metcalfe

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Captain (retired) Christopher Powell Metcalfe, D.S.O., R.N. (25 March, 1873 – 30 September, 1935) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Metcalfe entered the navy direct from Worcester on 6 July, 1888.

Metcalfe was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June, 1895.

In October, 1901, Metcalfe started a seventeen month appointment on the books of the elderly Duke of Wellington, performing general duties with the Portsmouth Dockyard Reserve. In March 1903, he was appointed in command of the gunboat Kinsha, back on the China Station.

Metcalfe was awarded the Shadwell Testimonial of 1905 for a survey of a river in China and was promoted to the rank of Commander in December, 1905.

In November 1907, he damaged the propellers of Rother. On the 29th, the Admiralty expressed its displeasure and asked him to be more careful in future.

Metcalfe was placed on the Retired List on 6 April, 1911 with the rank of Captain.

Metcalfe was appointed in command of the destroyer Wear on 6 September, 1914.[1]

After the battleship Irresistible struck a mine on 18 March, Metcalfe placed Wear alongside and rescued nearly the entire crew "under a very heavy fire which caused several casualties

He was temporarily superseded in command in late July 1915 to be employed on the beach at the Dardanelles. On 13 September, he was made an assistant Beachmaster at Mudros.

He was hospitalized in Alexandria in late November 1915 with a sprained knee.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Robert W. Dalgety
Captain of H.M.S. Fawn
15 Jan, 1901 – 14 Mar, 1901
Succeeded by
Francis H. Mitchell
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Brazen
14 Mar, 1901 – 7 Oct, 1901
Succeeded by
Robert L. Way
Preceded by
John A. Ingles
Captain of H.M.S. Star
c. mid Oct, 1901
Succeeded by
Henry C. R. Brocklebank
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Kinsha
10 Mar, 1903 – 28 Nov, 1904
Succeeded by
Percy Crabtree
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Widgeon
28 Nov, 1904 – 14 Mar, 1905
Succeeded by
Geoffrey B. Spicer-Simson
Preceded by
Harry R. Godfrey
Captain of H.M.S. Charger
29 Aug, 1905[2] – 31 Mar, 1906
Succeeded by
Reginald G. Copleston
Preceded by
William S. F. Forbes
Captain of H.M.S. Rother
31 Mar, 1906[3] – 29 Sep, 1908
Succeeded by
George F. Hyde
Preceded by
Vivian H. G. Bernard
Captain of H.M.S. Argonaut
29 Sep, 1908[4] – 31 Aug, 1909
Succeeded by
Carlton V. de M. Cowper
Preceded by
Henry D. Wilkin
Captain of H.M.S. Edgar
16 Apr, 1909[5] – Jun, 1909
Succeeded by
Charles L. Napier
Preceded by
Arthur B. F. Dawson
Captain of H.M.S. Ghurka
31 Aug, 1909 – 17 Nov, 1909
Succeeded by
Herbert N. Hunter
Preceded by
Henry M. Fothergill
Captain of H.M.S. Wear
6 Sep, 1914[6] – 16 Sep, 1915[7]
Succeeded by
Wellwood G. C. Maxwell
Preceded by
Percival H. Warleigh
Captain of H.M.S. Minerva
4 Jul, 1915 – c. mid Jul, 1915
Succeeded by
Francis H. M. Jackson
Preceded by
Stanley R. Miller
Assistant Director of Naval Equipment
11 Aug, 1916[8] – 13 Apr, 1918
Succeeded by
Hugh T. Walwyn
Preceded by
Guy M. Marston
Captain of H.M.S. Arlanza
13 Apr, 1918[9] – 1 Jan, 1919
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 397.
  2. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 293.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 368.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 279.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 307.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 399i.
  7. Maxwell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 451.
  8. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 535.
  9. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 988.