Birth: 1 May 1838

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Douglas, Isle of Man

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 27 May 1909 - Aged 71

Place or Registered Place of Death: 75 Belgrave Road, London

Father: General George Thomas Colomb (1787-1874)

Mother: Mary Bradley King (1800-1866)

Spouse(s): Emily Anna Palmer

Date of Marriage: 1 January 1866

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. Mary's, Fulham, Middlesex


Laura Olivia Colomb (1866-1944)
Rupert Palmer Colomb (1868-1955)
Gwendaline Rose Emily Colomb (1876-1966)


Sir John Charles Ready Colomb, KCMG (1838 – 27 May 1909), younger brother of British Vice-Admiral Philip Howard Colomb, was closely associated in the pioneer work done for British naval strategy and Imperial defence, and his name stands no less high among those who during this period promoted accurate thinking on the subject of sea-power.

Entering the Royal Marines in 1854, he rose to be captain in 1867, retiring in 1869; and thenceforth he devoted himself to the study of naval and military problems, on which he had already published some essays.

His books on Colonial Defence and Colonial Opinions (1873), The Defence of Great and Greater Britain (1879), Naval Intelligence and the Protection of Commerce (1881), The Use and the Application of Marine Forces (1883), Imperial Federation: Naval and Military (1887), followed later by other similar works, made him well known among the rising school of Imperialists, and he was returned to parliament (1886-1892) as Conservative member for Bow and Bromley, and afterwards (1895-1906) for Great Yarmouth.

In 1887 he was created CMG, and in 1888 KCMG. He died in London on the 27th of May 1909. In Kerry, Ireland, he was a large landowner, and became a member of the Irish privy council (1903), and in 1906 he sat on the Royal Commission dealing with congested districts.

The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 220 - 1866
Jan. 1, 1866. At St. Mary's, Fulham, John Charles Ready Colomb, esq., Lieut, and Adjutant Royal Marine Artillery, son of Major General Colomb, to Emily Anna, widow of Lieut. C. Paget, R.N., and eldest dau. of R. S. Palmer, esq.

John Charles Ready Colomb wrote, in 1867, an article on the defence of maritime trade. He also wrote "Naval Intelligence and Protection of Commerce in War" (London, 1881); "The War Training of the Navy," London Times, 26 December 1901; "Report of the Royal Commission on the Supply of Food and Raw Materials in Time of War," vol. 39, p. 35 - and many other books and articles.

The United Service Magazine - 1854
Promotions and Appointments, Royal Navy
Admiralty, June 24
Corps of Royal Marine
.........Gentleman Cadet John Charles Ready Colomb to be Second Lieutenant.......

The Navy List - 1861
Royal Marine Artllery
First Lieutenants
John Charles Ready Colomb (Adj) - 2 Aug. (18)55

Hon. Sir John Charles Ready Colomb, K.C.M.G., P.C.