Sailors of the Nile

Royal Navy, Royal Marine and Royal Engineer Officers

The Gunboats and Steamers had an unusual mix of crews. Each was commanded by a British Officer, who was either loaned from the Royal Navy or the Royal Engineers. The guns and artillery pieces were under the command of two senior Royal Marine NCOs, with a team of Egyptian gunners. The gunboats themselves were operated by a mixture of senior Royal Navy ratings, civilian engineers with local fireman to serve the boilers. These civilian engineers comprise many different nationalities including Armenians, Greeks, Egyptians and Maltese.

Gunner Edward H Baldwin    
Lt David Beatty RN (later Admiral Earl) Atbara, Khartoum FATEH
Engineer Edmund H Bond RN Chief Engineer of The Flotilla  
Captain The Hon S C Colville RN (later Admiral) Severely wounded in 1896 HAFIR
Lt Walter Cowan RN (later Admiral) Khartoum, Gedaref SULTAN
Captain Ernest David RM With EA on land Died 1898
Lt William Drury RN Worked in Sudd  
Lt Harold Escombe RN (later Captain)    
Lt Harold Fell RN Worked in Sudd Died 1905
Major W S Gordon RE   MELIK
Captain F M B Hobbs RM Khartoum  
Lt Hon H L Hood (later Admiral)   NASR
Commander Colin R Keppel RN (later Admiral) Flotilla Commander ZAPHIR
Captain Godfrey Matthews RM Atbara, Khartoum, With EA on land  
Lt Edward O Newcombe RE   ABU KLEA
Captain Humphrey Oldfield RM Khartoum HAFIR
Gunner William E Pauley RN    
Gunner John W Renshaw RN    
Commander Charles H Robertson (later Admiral)   HAFIR
Captain Robert Slessor RM (later Colonel) Khartoum  
Lt Alexander G Stevenson RE   METEMMAH
Lt John B Sparks RN   SHEIKH
Lt Cecil M Staveley RN (later Admiral)   HAFIR
Lt Henry F G Talbot RN (later Captain)   TAMAI
Gunner Samuel Williamson    

Note: It is interesting to note how many RN officers went on to gain senior rank

RN Ratings

Ldg Stoker John Bramble Khartoum  
Chief ERA Thomas Makepiece Khartoum  
Ldg Stoker Robert Mathews   Drowned off Melik
Chief ERA Samuel G Milton    
Ldg Stoker Frederick Pinder    
Steward William Snook    
Chief ERA John R Williams    

Royal Marine NCOs

Bombardier Alfred V Conway    
Corporal Alfred Dalton    
Sergeant Frank Ede MID  
Sergeant Hugh Evans MID  
Colour Sergeant H E Gregg    
Sergeant James Harris    
Corporal T E Hearne    
Colour Sergeant Jenvey DCM  
Colour Sergeant J C Lambert DCM  
Corporal G T Manley    
Sergeant Samuel T Matheson DCM  
Sergeant James F Maynard MID  
Sergeant Arthur W Mead    
Sergeant Charles W Muller MID  
Sergeant Albert G Pain    
Bombardier Herbert Phillips    
Sergeant George Phipps MID  
Sergeant Edward M Price    
Colour Sergeant John Richards    
Sergeant William Russell DCM  
Sergeant Frederick Saddon DCM  
Colour Sergeant George F Seabright DCM*  
Sergeant Frederick Sears DCM*  
Bombardier William J Sills    
Corporal Edwin Tims    
Sergeant R A Trowbridge DCM  

Note: Many of the NCOs also served on land with the Maxim Machine Gunners of the Egyptian Army

Civilian Engineers who served on the Gunboats and Steamers

William Allam    
B G Archer    
A J Bond    
J Campbell    
C Catena    
C G Cortesis    
A E Fairminer    
James Howell   MELIK
T James    
C Jerich    
G Lennox    
A Lonman    
F F Manning    
A Mitchnik    
E Mizzi    
C H Page    
R C Poole    
A C Potts    
E Scilpini    
Thomas Seed    
A Travlas    
E Tucker    
G E Warder    
H Walker    
A Zara    

Note: The above roll has been compiled from information held at the Public Record Office at Kew, London.