Harold Raymond Thrupp

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Commander Harold Raymond Thrupp, R.N. (15 June, 1884 – 5 October, 1948) served in the Royal Navy. He would demonstrate a flair at pissing off his superiors.

Life & Career

Thrupp ranked sixty-first among 62 successful candidates in examinations for entry to the Britannia intake term of September 1899, with 2088 marks.[1]

His first appointment was to H.M.S. Blenheim, dated 15 January, 1901. He remained in her until 22 June 1903 when he was diagnosed with chronic enteritis and sent home in H.M.S. Goliath. Admitted to Haslar Hospital on 31 August, he remained until being discharged on 28 September to be resurveyed later. He was finally declared fit on 28 December, 1903. In the new year, he received a four month appointment in Empress of India before joining College on 24 May.

In early 1905, he was injured in a motor accident and was unable rejoin the Naval College. He was not declared fit until 27 December.

Thrupp was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1906.

In 1908, he grounded T.B. 076 and incurred displeasure at the Admiralty. Worse, in 1909 the Commander-in-Chief declared that he had disobeyed orders and his conduct was reported. It was decided that he should be placed in a big ship where his behaviour could be more closely monitored. Accordingly, Thrupp served in the battleship H.M.S. Commonwealth from May 1909 to August, 1911, where Captain Ballard evaluated him as "not wanting in ability, but tactless & obstinate." Even so, his work was stable enough that he was the appointed to the destroyer Alarm as first officer. In January 1912 he was placed in Diamond. In April, Captain Henderson recorded that Thrupp was "sullen, reserved. of no great professional attainments." He was superseded in May and sent to serve in Victorious for The Annual Manoeuvres of 1912.

Thrupp was transferred to the Emergency List on 15 November, 1912.

Thrupp was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1914.

Reverted to the Emergency List on 3 September, 1918.

World War II

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry V. Hudson
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 76
Captain of H.M. T.B. 076
27 Jul, 1908[2] – 1909
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Longmore
as Captain of H.M. T.B. 076


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Aug 12, 1899; pg. 8; Issue 35906.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 399.