Edmund Hugh Hopkinson
Life & Career
Hopkinson was the son of Reverend E. G. Hopkinson, a Clerk in Holy Order. His first naval appointment upon passing out of the Training Establishment was to the battleship Bellerophon on 15 May, 1909.
On 10 December, 1914, he was appointed to Mohawk as first officer.
When the war ended, he was appointed for a single month as temporary commander of Swallow. He was then appointed to Queen Elizabeth on 31 December 1918. He remained there until being appointed to attend a Staff Course on 27 September 1920.
On 20 September 1921, he was appointed to Southampton for W/S duties.
Hopkinson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 August, 1922.
Hopkinson was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 11 October, 1935.
In early 1938, Hopkinson underwent a three month course in boom defences.
World War II
Hopkinson served in a variety of capacities, including as captain of the sloop Sheldrake and as Senior Officer in First Corvette Division, vice Windham-Quinn from 30 January, 1941 to 2 July, 1941 when he was appointed in command of the armed merchant cruiser Worcestershire, holding the acting rank of Captain while holding that appointment. He handed the ship over in late June 1943, when she was taken up as a troop ship by the Ministry of War Transport.
Hopkinson would die at the Victoria Hospital in Deal in March, 1982.
William H. Sandford
|Captain of H.M.S. P24
12 Aug, 1916 – 1 Nov, 1917
Frederick W. Hawkridge
Guy K. Twiss
|Captain of H.M.S. Tartar
1 Nov, 1917 – 29 Oct, 1918
Noel L. Veresmith
Edye K. Boddam-Whetham
|Captain of H.M.S. Swallow
26 Nov, 1918 – 31 Dec, 1918
Edward C. Denison
Geoffrey R. S. Watkins
|Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
4 Dec, 1943
- The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396e.