Henry John Haynes

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Captain (retired) Henry John Haynes, D.S.O., D.S.C., R.N. (10 December, 1893 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Colonel C. Haynes of the Royal Engineers.

Haynes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 May, 1916.


Haynes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 May, 1924.

Haynes was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1930.

Haynes was appointed in command of the monitor Terror in October, 1938.

World War II

On 28 March 1943, Haynes was appointed in temporary command of the light cruiser Argonaut, vice Walford. He was superseded on 14 August, 1943 and was apparently appointed to command the American-built escort carrier H.M.S. Empress, which was then called A.C.V. 38, introducing her to Royal Navy service.

Haynes was appointed to the escort carrier H.M.S. Khedive with the acting rank of Captain to take command upon her commissioning for Royal Navy service, which occurred on 25 August 1943. Haynes was placed on the Retired List on account of age with the rank of Captain (retired) on 10 December, 1943 but apparently did not hand over command of his carrier until 9 August, 1944.

Later in 1944, Haynes was put in charge of R.N.A.S. Wingfield, vice Farquhar. He was reverted to the Retired List on 21 August, 1946.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur G. H. Bond
Captain of H.M.S. Sylph
10 Jul, 1924 – c. 20 Aug, 1924[Inference]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
W. Frederic Wake-Walker
Captain of H.M.S. Castor
16 Jul, 1930 – 20 Aug, 1930
Succeeded by
Hubert G. D. Acland
Preceded by
David J. R. Simson
Captain of H.M.S. Vanquisher
4 May, 1933[1] – 1935
Succeeded by
Edward G. Le Geyt
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Fortune
8 May, 1935[2] – 16 Mar, 1936
Succeeded by
Ian R. H. Black
Preceded by
Henry T. W. Pawsey
Captain of H.M.S. Woolston
25 Jun, 1937[3]
Succeeded by
Frederick W. Hawkins
Preceded by
Mark Fogg-Elliott
Captain of H.M.S. Achates
26 Oct, 1937 – 27 Jun, 1938
Succeeded by
George F. Stevens-Guille
Preceded by
John Drinkwater
Captain of H.M.S. Walker
10 Sep, 1938 – 27 Oct, 1938
Succeeded by
Wilfrid J. C. Robertson
Preceded by
Ivan W. Whitehorn
Captain of H.M.S. Terror
3 Jan, 1939 – Feb, 1941
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Stuart H. Paton
Captain of H.M.S. Caledon
29 Apr, 1941
Succeeded by
Reginald F. Nichols


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 282.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 241.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 293.