Adolphus Huddlestone Williamson

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Captain Adolphus Huddlestone Williamson, C.M.G., M.V.O., Royal Navy (5 July, 1869 – 14 July, 1918) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

On 31 December, 1902 he was promoted to the rank of Commander.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1908.[2]

His career encompassed a notable series of pre-dreadnought commands.

He was appointed command of the battleship King Edward VII on 24 July, 1911.[3]

Williamson was appointed in command of Queen as flag captain to Vice-Admiral Commanding Second and Third Fleets on 17 May, 1912.[4]

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Royal Arthur in August 1914.

Williamson assumed command of the armoured cruiser Berwick in March 1915, remaining in her until he was appointed command of the battleship Vengeance on 8 December, 1915.[5]

He was appointed command of the battleship Dominion on 11 April, 1917.[6]

Finally, he secured command of a dreadnought, commanding Canada for a few months from December 1917 until February 1918.

Williamson was nicknamed "The Quail" in the Navy.[7]

Williamson died on 14 July, 1918,[8] of pneumonia.[9]

Bibliography

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur B. F. Dawson
Captain of H.M. T.B. 43
27 Jul, 1896[10]
Succeeded by
Robert Chapman
Preceded by
Charles G. Dicken
as Captain of Wild Swan
Captain of H.M.S. Columbine
12 Aug, 1897[11]
Succeeded by
Adolphus H. Williamson
Preceded by
Ernest E. Lacy
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
12 Aug, 1897[12]
Succeeded by
Evan C. Bunbury
Preceded by
Adolphus H. Williamson
Captain of H.M.S. Columbine
20 May, 1899[13]
Succeeded by
John B. Sparks
Preceded by
Marcus R. Hill
Captain of H.M.S. Hussar
23 Oct, 1900[14][15]
Succeeded by
Montagu L. Hulton
Preceded by
Edward F. Bruen
Captain of H.M.S. Pandora
3 Feb, 1905[16] – 1 Apr, 1905[17]
Succeeded by
Herbert Orpen
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Amethyst
1 Apr, 1905[18][19] – 6 May, 1907[20]
Succeeded by
James D. Dick
Preceded by
Roger J. B. Keyes
Royal Navy Naval Attaché at Rome
1 Jan, 1908[21] – 20 Jun, 1910[22]
Succeeded by
William H. D. Boyle
Preceded by
Edmund H. Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Africa
14 Mar, 1911[23] – 24 Jul, 1911[24]
Succeeded by
Ernest G. Barton
Preceded by
Allan F. Everett
Captain of H.M.S. King Edward VII
24 Jul, 1911[25] – 17 May, 1912[26]
Succeeded by
Edward H. F. Heaton-Ellis
Preceded by
Thomas D. L. Sheppard
Captain of H.M.S. Queen
17 May, 1912[27][28] – 22 Jan, 1914[29]
Succeeded by
John W. L. McClintock
Preceded by
Ernest O. Ballantyne
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Arthur
1 Aug, 1914[30] – 7 Dec, 1914[31]
Succeeded by
Frederic A. Whitehead
Preceded by
Lewis Clinton-Baker
Captain of H.M.S. Berwick
24 Mar, 1915[32] – 12 Nov, 1915[33]
Succeeded by
William F. Blunt
Preceded by
Bertram H. Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Vengeance
8 Dec, 1915[34][35] – Mar, 1917[36]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Henry L. Mawbey
Captain of H.M.S. Dominion
11 Apr, 1917[37][38] – 9 Dec, 1917[39]
Succeeded by
Arthur G. Smith
Preceded by
James C. Ley
Captain of H.M.S. Canada
9 Dec, 1917[40]
Succeeded by
Hugh D. R. Watson

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 27512. p. 4. 2 January, 1903.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28151. p. 4644. 26 June, 1908.
  3. "Naval Appointments and Retirements" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 11 July, 1911. Issue 39634, col C, p. 15.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 364.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398v.
  6. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393d.
  7. See Keyes Papers. p. 372, p. 453.
  8. "Died of Wounds" (Deaths). The Times. Tuesday, 16 July, 1918. Issue 41843, col B, p. 1.
  9. Keyes Papers. p. 453n.
  10. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  11. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 239.
  12. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 292.
  13. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  14. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 267.
  15. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  16. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  17. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  18. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 275.
  19. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  20. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  21. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  22. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  23. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  24. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  25. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  26. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  27. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  28. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 364.
  29. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  30. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  31. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  32. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  33. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  34. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  35. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398v.
  36. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  37. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  38. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393d.
  39. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.
  40. Williamson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 22.