Charles Gayton R.N.
Charles Gayton R.N.

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Charles Gayton R.N.Explanation
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26 July 1811Entered Navy
30 December 1824Lieutenant
23 November 1841Commander
5 June 1856Retired Captain
Date fromDate toService
30 December 1824 Lieutenant in Rifleman, commanded by William Webb, Halifax
182? Lieutenant in Rifleman, commanded by William Carleton, Halifax
24 July 1827 Lieutenant in Prince Regent, flagship of , flagship at the Nore of Sir Robert Moorsom and then Sir Henry Blackwood
1 May 1830 Lieutenant in St Vincent, flagship of Thomas Foley, Portsmouth
1 September 1835 Lieutenant in Britannia, flagship of Thomas Williams, Portsmouth
1 May 1836 Lieutenant in Royal Adelaide, flagship of Lord Amelius Beauclerk, Plymouth
13 February 183723 November 1841Lieutenant and commander in Scorpion, Mediterranean
8 April 1843 Inspecting Commander in the Coast Guard.
A Court of Inquiry, of which Commander Halsted, of the coast-guard station at Dover, is president, is at present sitting here to investigate several charges preferred against Inspecting Commander Charles Gayton. The charges were embodied in an anonymous letter forwarded to the Board of Customs from Rochester, and were to the effect that Commander Gayton had repeatedly made false visits, and was guilty of conduct unbecoming the character of an officer in employing one of the boatmen as his private servant, &c. A large number of witnesses, upwards of 50, are in attendance, and the inquiry is expected to extend over several days, but that the charges will be ultimately proved to have been frivolous and vexatious there appears to be little doubt. The Court commenced the investigation on Tuesday morning. [Times, 12 July 1845]
The court of inquiry on Commander Gayton, of the Coast Guard, terminated its proceedings on Monday, when the minutes were forwarded to the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs, who will pronounce the verdict. It has been already stated that the inquiry was the result of an anonymous letter forwarded to the Board of Customs, wherein Captain Gayton was accused of conduct unbecoming the character of an officer and a gentleman, in making false entries of visits made to the floating and other stations in the River Medway, and also for employing men of the service for his own private purposes. Before the inquiry commenced, however, the Court was taken by surprise by Lieutenant Higginson, of the Rochester station, who was tried by Commander Gayton the other day, and who was merely summoned as a witness in this case, demanding to be admitted as prosecutor, and likewise objecting to the constitution of the Court on personal grounds. In doing so he begged to be understood as acting under the influence of no private feelings whatever, but simply executing a public and indispensable duly to the service and himself. The objections were overruled, and the Court proceeded privately to investigate the several charges. [Times, 19 July 1845]

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