Charles Inches was appointed to the position of Assistant Surgeon on 19 October 1812.
He is on the List of Medical Officers who had served at War. He was Surgeon of the Cambrian at Navarin.
He was appointed assistant-surgeon on the Blossom in 1817 and the Cyrene in 1824
He was employed as surgeon-superintendent on the William Glen Anderson which sailed on 2nd June 1831 for Van Diemens Land and the Portland which departed Cork on 21st February 1833 and arrived in Port Jackson 26th June 1833.
His next appointment to a convict ship was to the Westmoreland which departed London on 9th March 1835 and arrived in Port Jackson on 15th July 1835, and then the John which departed 21st October 1836 and arrived 7 February 1837 (His wife died at Portsea while he was on this voyage)
He was employed on the vessel Ocean at Sheerness in 1841 when he gave evidence at an inquest into a death(42). He remained on the Ocean in 1842.
His last voyage as surgeon-superintendent on a convict ship was the London which departed Portsmouth 23 March 1844 and arrived in Tasmania 9th July 1844 with male convicts.
Charles Inches died at Royal Crescent, Glasgow on 22nd November 1851. The Hampshire Telegraph reported that he was aged 58 and much respected as an officer and a gentleman, both in and out of the service and would be sincerely regretted by a large circle of attached friends and sorrowing relatives.
The late Dr Charles Inches was as generally known as he was deservedly esteemed in the Australian Colonies, with which he was long and intimately connected; not merely from having made many voyages as Surgeon Superintendent of convict ships, but in consequence of his having for several years satisfactorily filled the office of Australian Emigration Agent, in Scotland Yard, Whitehall. Dr Inches three times experienced shipwreck – First, in the Cambrian, frigate, Captain Hamilton, immediately subsequent to the battle of Navarino. Next, on the east coast of Van Diemen’s Land, in the Leith Australian Company’s ship, Portland. And again in the Medora, from Sydney to London on the shoals off the entrance to Babia. By the failure of the Bank of Australia, the savings of the best fifteen years of Dr Inches’ professional life were entirely swept away; and in 1844, his last visit in charge of convicts to Tasmania, by the ship London, was paid, in the sanguine but unavailing hope that something for his children might be saved from that gigantic bankruptcy. Dr Inches received several subsequent appointments from the Admiralty but these, due to declining health compelled him successively to relinquish. There are few who have possessed a warmer heart or a kindlier spirit than the late justly regretted Dr Charles Inches.- Ed.,- Southern Cross 15th June 1852