Cuthbert Edward Hunter

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Admiral Cuthbert E. Hunter, as a Rear-Admiral, 1917.
Photograph: © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Admiral Cuthbert Edward Hunter, R.N., Retired (1 March or 10 March, 1866 – 30 April, 1952) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Cuthbert Edward Hunter was born on 1 or 10 March, 1866, in Whickham, County Durham, the son of Mr. John Joseph Hunter, an export merchant and steamship owner, and Mary Hunter.

At the examination for naval cadetships, Hunter placed second out of thirty-seven successful candidates.[1]

Hunter was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1900.[2]

Captain

Hunter was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1905.[3]

He was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Edgar on 11 February 1907, remaining in her until 30 April, 1908.[4]

Appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Hermione on 30 April, 1908, he was found guilty of hazarding her by a Court Martial in June, 1909.[5]

Hunter paid off Hermione on 21 July, 1909 and took a Signal Course in September followed by a War Course from October through 25 January, 1910,[6] on which day he was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Roxburgh.[7].

He was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Aboukir on 4 April, 1911 and of Hampshire on 5 December, 1911.[8]

Hunter grounded Hampshire at Aden in February, 1913 through a "lack of proper forecaution."[9]

Great War

Hunter was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 3 April, 1917, vice Luard.[10] He was placed on the Retired List on 17 April, at his own request.[11]

He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 26 November, 1920,[12] and to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 24 November, 1925.[13]

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alfred E. A. Grant
Captain of H.M.S. Scylla
1 Jun, 1906[14] – 11 Feb, 1907[15]
Succeeded by
Crawford Maclachlan
Preceded by
Laurence E. Power
Captain of H.M.S. Edgar
11 Feb, 1907[16] – 30 Apr, 1908[17]
Succeeded by
Henry D. Wilkin
Preceded by
Cecil F. Dampier
Captain of H.M.S. Hermione
30 Apr, 1908[18][19] – 21 Jul, 1909[20]
Succeeded by
Robert E. R. Benson
Preceded by
Morgan Singer
Captain of H.M.S. Roxburgh
25 Jan, 1910[21][22] – 4 Apr, 1911[23]
Succeeded by
Edward C. Villiers
Preceded by
Richard F. Phillimore
Captain of H.M.S. Aboukir
4 Apr, 1911[24] – 5 Dec, 1911[25]
Succeeded by
Eric V. F. R. Dugmore
Preceded by
Henry G. G. Sandeman
Captain of H.M.S. Hampshire
5 Dec, 1911[26][27] – 17 Jan, 1913[28]
Succeeded by
Marcus R. Hill
Preceded by
Cecil F. Dampier
Naval Member of the Ordnance Board
30 May, 1913[29]
Succeeded by
Ronald A. Hopwood
Preceded by
Richard B. Farquhar
as Vice-President of the Ordnance Board
Vice-President of the Ordnance Committee
4 Dec, 1915[30] – 2 Apr, 1917[31]
Succeeded by
Ronald A. Hopwood

Footnotes

  1. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 25 June, 1879. Issue 29603, col E, p. 7.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27211. p. 4433. 17 July, 1900.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27812. p. 4557. 30 June, 1905.
  4. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  5. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  6. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  7. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 8 January, 1910. Issue 39164, col A, p. 5.
  8. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  9. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 30008. p. 3206. 3 April, 1917.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 30022. p. 3600. 17 April, 1917.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 32166. p. 12399. 17 December, 1920.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 33110. p. 7950. 1 December, 1925.
  14. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  15. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  16. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  17. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  18. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 326.
  19. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  20. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  21. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 8 January, 1910. Issue 39164, col A, p. 5.
  22. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  23. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  24. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  25. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  26. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  27. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 322.
  28. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  29. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  30. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  31. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.