Harry Holdsworth Rawson

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Admiral Sir Harry H. Rawson.

Admiral SIR Harry Holdsworth Rawson, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., Royal Navy (5 November, 1843 – 3 November, 1910) was an officer of the Royal Navy. From 1902 to 1909 he served as Governor of the Australian state of New South Wales.

Life & Career

In 1862, Rawson was wounded in "a gallant action against the rebels at Fungwha."

Rawson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 10 May, 1863.

Rawson was promoted to the rank of Commander from the Royal Yacht on 7 September, 1871.[1]

In 1871, Rawson was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Silver Medal for saving life from drowning.[2]

He was appointed command of the battleship Benbow on 4 October, 1889.[3]

Rawson was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen dated 2 August, 1890, vice Fisher.[4]

Flag Rank

Rawson was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 14 February, 1892, vice Erskine.[5]

In recognition of his services in Benin he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 25 May, 1897.[6]

Rawson was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 19 March, 1898, vice Adeane.[7] He was promoted to the rank of Admiral dated 12 August, 1903, vice Buckle.[8]

On 18 September, 1905, his own son, Harry Christopher Shaw Rawson was appointed to work as his Aide-de-Camp, at Half-Pay.[9]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, Rawson was placed on the Retired List on 5 November, 1908.[10]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 4 November, 1910. Issue 39421, col F, p. 12.
  • Rawson, Geoffrey (1914). Life of Admiral Sir Harry Rawson. London: Edward Arnold.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles F. Hotham
Captain of H.M.S. Alexandra
17 Jan, 1883[11] – 24 Sep, 1885[12]
Succeeded by
Hilary G. Andoe
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Warspite
11 Jul, 1889[13][14] – 16 Sep, 1889[15]
Succeeded by
Hedworth Lambton
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Benbow
4 Oct, 1889[16][17] – 6 Aug, 1890[18]
Succeeded by
Arthur D. Fanshawe
Preceded by
Sir Frederick G. D. Bedford
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station and West Africa Station
4 May, 1895[19][20] – 8 Jun, 1898[21]
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Hastings Harris
Preceded by
Sir Henry F. Stephenson
Senior Officer in Command, Channel Squadron
20 Dec, 1898[22]
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur K. Wilson

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 23775. p. 3933. 12 September, 1871.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1878). p. 579.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 203.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26077. p. 4328. 8 August, 1890.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26263. p. 1201. 1 March, 1892.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26856. p. 2928. 25 May, 1897.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 26950. p. 1866. 22 March, 1898.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 27589. p. 5223. 18 August, 1903.
  9. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/444. f. 521. In our PDF for Benjamin Wingate Barrow.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28193. p. 8028. 6 November, 1908.
  11. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  12. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  13. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  14. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), 17 May 1889, p. 10.
  15. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  16. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 203.
  18. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  19. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  20. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 90.
  21. Rawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/660. f. 1076.
  22. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 89.