Hamilton Colclough Allen

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Rear-Admiral Hamilton Colclough Allen (10 August, 1883 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Allen was born in Bardney Lines, the son of Dr. W. H. Allen.[1]

Allen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1904.[2]

Allen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 September, 1912.[3]

Allen was appointed to Australia on 24 May, 1913. Promoted to Commander on 31 December, 1916, Allen would spend much of the war in the battle cruiser, being reappointed once and eventually being discharged on 25 January, 1917 to the Admiralty. Soon enough, he was back in command, being appointed in command of the destroyer Doon on 8 February.[4]

After stints of command in two other destroyers and in the destroyer Ophelia, on 2 October, 1918 Allen was appointed to Cormorant, additional to serve as Liaison Officer for duty with Rear Admiral F(?) working with the Brazilian Squadron. He would finish out the war in this role, being reassigned in March, 1919.[5]

Post-War

Allen was appointed in command of the destroyer Tancred on 12 March, 1919.[6]

Allen was appointed in command of the destroyer Wolsey on 11 January, 1921.[7]

Allen was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1924. He married Dorothy Gilbanks on 30 June, 1925 in the Cathedral in Carlisle.[8]

He was appointed in command of the light cruiser Curlew in June, 1927.

He was appointed in command of the battleship Iron Duke in October, 1933. On 11 April, 1934, he was Court Martialed on a charge of hazarding the battleship, but this was not proved.[9]

Allen was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 October, 1935 and placed on the Retired List the next day in accordance with Order in Council of 9 March, 1914.[10]

World War II

On 5 September, 1939, Allen was called back as a Commodore, Second Class in the Royal Naval Reserve to Eaglet II. In April, 1941, he was made a Captain and set up for work outside the Admiralty. Whatever his workstuff, his appointment was terminated on 11 June, 1945 and he reverted to the Retired List the next day. In a typically indecisive manner, he was called back a second time in October, 1945 to work with the Ministry of Labour and National Service as Senior Officer of the Appointments Office, serving as a Captain. He was finally reverted on 26 August, 1948.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Nelson Wheelwright
Captain of H.M.S. Dasher
21 Jan, 1909[12][13] – 26 Aug, 1909[14]
Succeeded by
F. Burges Watson
Preceded by
Berwick Curtis
Captain of H.M.S. Locust
26 Aug, 1909[15][16] – 10 Sep, 1910[17]
Succeeded by
Bertie W. Bluett
Preceded by
Bertie W. Bluett
Captain of H.M. T.B. 32
10 Sep, 1910[18] – 8 Dec, 1910[19]
Succeeded by
Henry R. Clifton-Mogg
Preceded by
William G. Howard
Captain of H.M.S. Ouse
8 Dec, 1910[20][21] – 28 May, 1912[22]
Succeeded by
Edmund A. T. de P. de la Poer
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Lizard
28 May, 1912[23] – 24 May, 1913[24]
Succeeded by
Evelyn C. O. Thomson
Preceded by
Harry A. D. Keate
Captain of H.M.S. Doon
8 Feb, 1917[25] – Apr, 1917[26]
Succeeded by
Herbert M. Denny
Preceded by
Harry A. D. Keate
Captain of H.M.S. Waveney
Apr, 1917[27] – 19 Jul, 1917[28]
Succeeded by
Charles C. de M. Malan
Preceded by
John P. Champion
Captain of H.M.S. Maenad
19 Jul, 1917[29] – 12 Sep, 1917[30]
Succeeded by
Ralph G. H. Izat
Preceded by
William H. Sandford
Captain of H.M.S. Ophelia
12 Sep, 1917[31][32] – Aug, 1918[33]
Succeeded by
Andrew B. Cunningham
Preceded by
Frederick L. Cavaye
Captain of H.M.S. Tancred
12 Mar, 1919[34][35] – 11 Jan, 1921[36]
Succeeded by
Montague G. B. Legge
Preceded by
John O. Barron
Captain of H.M.S. Wolsey
11 Jan, 1921[37][38]c. mid Jul, 1921[39]
Succeeded by
Cecil R. Hemans
Preceded by
Cecil R. Hemans
Captain of H.M.S. Valorous
14 Jul, 1921[40] – 5 Nov, 1922[41]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. C. Bolster
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Wren
5 Nov, 1922[42] – 1 Oct, 1923[43]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. C. Bolster
Preceded by
Ralph Kerr
Captain of H.M.S. Valkyrie
Oct, 1923[44] – 11 Jul, 1924[45]
Succeeded by
William J. Whitworth
Preceded by
Hugh D. Hamilton
Captain of H.M.S. Caradoc
21 Aug, 1926[46] – May, 1927[47]
Succeeded by
Henry R. Moore
Preceded by
Alfred H. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. Curlew
May, 1927[48] – 18 Mar, 1929[49]
Succeeded by
Stuart E. Holder
Preceded by
Richard Hayden O. Lane-Poole
Captain of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
31 Aug, 1931[50] – 29 Sep, 1933[51]
Succeeded by
Henry H. Bousfield
Preceded by
Richard M. King
Captain of H.M.S. Iron Duke
14 Oct, 1933[52] – 9 Jan, 1935[53]
Succeeded by
Francis H. G. Walker
Preceded by
Richard M. King
Captain of H.M.S. Cardiff
16 Jan, 1935[54] – 1 Jul, 1935[55]
Succeeded by
Charles E. Hotham
Preceded by
Richard M. King
Senior Officer, Reserve Fleet, The Nore
16 Jan, 1935[56] – 24 Jul, 1935[57]
Succeeded by
John H. Young
Preceded by
Henry J. Egerton
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
1 Jul, 1935[58] – 24 Jul, 1935[59]
Succeeded by
Charles E. S. Farrant
Preceded by
Charles E. Hotham
Captain of H.M.S. Cardiff
24 Jul, 1935[60] – 1 Oct, 1935[61]
Succeeded by
John H. Young

Footnotes

  1. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 2.
  3. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  4. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  5. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 870.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 901.
  8. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  9. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  10. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  11. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  12. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 299.
  13. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  14. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  15. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 341.
  16. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  17. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  18. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  19. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  20. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  21. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 351.
  22. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  23. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  24. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  25. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  26. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  27. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  28. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  29. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  30. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  31. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396a.
  32. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  33. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  34. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 870.
  35. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  36. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  37. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 901.
  38. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  39. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  40. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  41. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  42. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  43. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  44. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  45. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  46. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  47. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  48. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  49. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  50. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  51. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  52. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  53. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  54. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  55. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  56. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  57. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  58. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  59. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  60. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.
  61. Allen Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 408.