Cecil Henry Hulton Sams

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Captain (retired) Cecil Henry Hulton Sams (9 March, 1883 – 28 August, 1931) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Another service record for him would tell us more of his life prior to March 1916.

Life & Career

Sams underwent examinations for several days commencing on 20 July, 1897 and gained entrance to the Britannia term of August, 1897, his 1249 marks placing him thirty-sixth in merit among the sixty-three candidates accepted as naval cadets.[1]

Sams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1904.

Sams was appointed in command of the destroyer Defender on 2 October, 1914.[2]

In March, 1916, Sams was appointed in command of the destroyer Obdurate.[3] He commanded her as part of the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland.[4]

Sams was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1917.

While he had been considered a very good destroyer captain previously, in April, 1918 things soured for him. Captain Dutton opined that he did not regard Sams's work as being very good, and Sams was subjected to a Court of Enquiry for a collision between Obdurate and Patrician. It criticised Sams for having attempted to close the other vessel "at a considerable angle in a dense fog" in order to regain station. Lastly, the same month he also was the target of complaints from officers of the torpedoed S.S. Tainui [?] which described Sams's behaviour as tactless in how he addressed men on his destroyer's forecastle when he did not himself possess all the facts.

On 11 January, 1921, Sams was appointed in command of the destroyer Shamrock.[5] In June, 1921, he was appointed in command of Veteran. Captain Rose's inspection of Veteran on 31 December, 1921 was satisfactory "but hair of ship's company too long in many cases and room for improvement in drills."

Sams was placed on Retired List at his own request on 24 January, 1923 and subsequently promoted to Captain (retired) on 9 March, 1928.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Walter J. Fletcher
Captain of H.M.S. Defender
2 Oct, 1914[6]
Succeeded by
Laurence R. Palmer
Preceded by
Laurence R. Palmer
Captain of H.M.S. Obdurate
Mar, 1916[7] – 26 May, 1919
Succeeded by
Charles W. T. V. S. Lepper
Preceded by
Henry P. Boxer
Captain of H.M.S. Shamrock
11 Jan, 1921[8] – Jun, 1921
Succeeded by
Colin C. L. Mackenzie
Preceded by
Walter H. G. Fallowfield
Captain of H.M.S. Veteran
Jun, 1921 – 2 Jan, 1922
Succeeded by
William J. Whitworth
Preceded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Captain of H.M.S. Witherington
3 Jan, 1922 – Jan, 1923
Succeeded by
Eric Q. Carter


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Aug 13, 1897; pg. 8; Issue 35281.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 301.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 854.
  4. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 46, 224.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 863.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 393i.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 854.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 863.