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Wrey, Captain William Bourchier Sherard (1865-1926)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 WRE/1-16

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Wrey, Captain William Bourchier Sherard (1865-1926)

Date(s): [1823-1919]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 2ft; 61cm

Name of creator(s): Wrey | William Bourchier Sherard | 1865-1926 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Wrey entered the Navy in 1878. As a midshipman in the SUPERB, he was present at the bombardment of Alexandria, 1882, and was in the CARYSFORT in 1884 during the attack on Suakim. Still on the Mediterranean Station, he served in the TEMERAIRE, 1884 to 1885. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1888, spent eight years on the China Station and became a commander in 1900. In 1909 he was made Divisional Officer of the Coast Guard, Southern District, with the rank of captain. At the outbreak of war he was recalled to service as Principal Naval Transport Officer at Southampton and remained there until 1918.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Cpt William Wrey. They include logs, 1882 to 1885; photographs, 1882 to 1918; office diaries, 1918 to 1919, and secret sailings, reports, statistics of troops embarked and disembarked at Southampton and other official papers, 1914 to 1918. There are also papers of the following relatives: General John Tatton Brown, RM, notes and memoranda, 1823 to 1826 and 1849; Commander John Bathurst (d 1866), commissions, 1838 to 1860; Captain Lord Francis Granvill Godolphin Osborne (1864-1924), a log, 1888 to 1889, and notebooks, 1887 to 1889.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in 1954 through Commander W.M. Phipps Hornby (q.v.), the executor of Captain Wrey's widow.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Log books | Documents | Information sources
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Wrey | William Bourchier Sherard | 1865-1926 | Captain

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Southampton | Hampshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe