John Corbett (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir John Corbett
Born 15 July 1822
Died 10 December 1893 (1893-12-11) (aged 71)
South Kensington, London
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Scout
HMS Hastings
HMS Black Prince
HMS Britannia
HMS Warrior
East Indies Station
Nore Command
Battles/wars Second Opium War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir John Corbett KCB (15 July 1822 – 10 December 1893) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Corbett joined the Royal Navy in 1835.[1] Promoted to Commander in 1852, he served in the Second Opium War.[1] Following his promotion to Captain in 1857, he commanded HMS Scout, HMS Hastings, HMS Black Prince and then the training ship HMS Britannia.[1] In 1867 he commanded HMS Warrior.[1] He was made Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1877 and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1884.[1] He retired in 1887.[1]

In his spare time Corbett was an amateur artist who painted watercolours during his travels in the 1850s and 1860s.[2]


In 1864 he married Georgina Grace Holmes.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Reginald Macdonald
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
William Jones
Preceded by
Sir Edward Rice
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
The Prince of Leiningen