Herbert Norris Hunter

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Captain (retired) Herbert Norris Hunter, R.N. (26 October, 1873 – 27 January, 1950) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Major General.

Hunter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1895.

Hunter was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1906.

Hunter was conspicuous for his drinking. In August 1909 he was noted as drinking more than was "good for the efficient performance of his duties." On 27 September, Captain Predergast wrote that he was "doubtful that this officer will ever be able to entirely overcome his weakness for liquor." He was also placed on half pay after he was reportedly drunk at a dinner of the Captain Superintendent of Sheerness.

Hunter was retired at his own request at half the pay for his rank and without invitation for further service on 1 April, 1911.

Hunter nonetheless served in the Great War, in recruiting at Portsmnouth from 1914 to 1917 and then was moved to Lerwick on 26 October 1917.

On 26 January, 1918, Hunter was appointed in command of H.M.S. Ambitious, a shore base at Lerwick. On 8 June, he was placed in command of the armed yacht Narcissus.

Hunter was granted the acting rank of Captain on 26 October, 1918.

Hunter was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) in recognition of war service, dated 11 November 1918.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Herbert J. T. Marshall
Captain of H.M.S. Ferret
Nov, 1899[1] – 2 Feb, 1900
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Tomlinson
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Leopard
2 Feb, 1900[2] – 15 Jan, 1901
Succeeded by
Alan E. Hudson
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Fairy
2 Feb, 1900 – 1900
Succeeded by
William A. Barkley
Preceded by
Christopher P. Metcalfe
Captain of H.M.S. Ghurka
1 Dec, 1909[3] – 5 Apr, 1910
Succeeded by
Francis G. St. G. Brooker


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 251.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 274.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 321.