Henry Harris

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Commander Henry Harris, (2 February, 1851 – 6 February, 1893) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Harris was ranked nineteenth in order of merit of thirty-six candidates accepted as first-class Naval Cadets following the entrance examinations of December, 1864.[1]

Harris was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 8 October, 1874.

He was invalided from China on 15 February 1887, having an ulcerated left leg, his condition not being attributable to his service. While unfit, he undertook instruction at the Royal Naval College in September 1887. He was placed on half-pay as 1888 began, and did not regain fitness until 23 May, and even then for home service only. He spent two months in the iron-hulled screw frigate Inconstant.

Appointed in command of the gunboat Firefly in early 1889, Harris commenced work in North Sea Fishery protection.

In 1889-90, he was thanked for his work in saving the French fishing boat Auguste, but Firefly was grounded some time around June, 1891.

Harris was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1891 following a strong recommendation and a favourable inspection of Firefly.

Harris was appointed to H.M.S. Nelson, the Guard Ship at Portsmouth on 10 January, 1893, but died of pneumonia at Haslar Hospital less than one month later.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George H. Cherry
Captain of H.M.S. Firefly
7 Jan, 1889[2] – 31 Dec, 1891
Succeeded by
Reginald P. Cochran


  1. "Naval And Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 14, 1864; pg. 10; Issue 25055.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 220.