Edward Altham

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Captain Edward Altham, C.B., R.N., (7 January, 1882 – 16 October, 1950) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Altham passed out of Britannia in December, 1897 ranked seventeenth of the sixty-four cadets (the rest of whom seem to have been from the July, 1896 term) who passed out, with 1635 marks.[1]

Altham was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1902.[2]

Altham was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1913.[3]

Altham was in command of the monitor General Craufurd in August, 1915, having been appointed at some earlier juncture.[4]

Altham was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1918.[5]


Altham left command of H.M.S. Fox upon the closure of the naval base at Arkhangel on 27 September, 1919. She would soon depart for home under another's command, towing M.31 some of the time while making the passage.

Altham died on lung and prostate cancer.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. General Craufurd
20 Jun, 1915[6] – 29 Apr, 1918
Succeeded by
Ralph S. Wykes-Sneyd
Preceded by
Neston W. Diggle
Captain of H.M.S. Attentive
29 Apr, 1918 – 18 Nov, 1918
Succeeded by
Preceded by
James Burns
Captain of H.M.S. Fox
1 Apr, 1919[7] – 27 Sep, 1919
Succeeded by


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Dec 16, 1897; pg. 7; Issue 35388.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 2.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 341.
  4. Naval Operations. Volume III. p. 148.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1920). p. 335a.
  6. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393z.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1919). p. 796.