John Claude Hamilton

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Rear-Admiral John Claude Hamilton (14 July, 1881 – 30 December, 1940) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hamilton was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton, born in Warrington, Lancashire.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1900.

After two appointments to command destroyers, he excelled in gunnery and received several prominent postings as Lieutenant (G): to Mars on 29 October, 1907, directly to Russell on 23 June, 1908, remaining there until 29 March, 1910.

Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1910.

On 3 February, 1912, he was admitted to Chatham Hospital for pneumonia, and was found fit again on the 26th. On 8 June, he went to Lancaster to be gunnery officer, and then to Superb on 8 January, 1913. He would serve in Superb was her gunnery officer through 21 February, 1917.

Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1915.

Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1920.

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 14 October, 1932.[1]

World War II

Hamilton was appointed to Drake, additional, as Commodore of Convoys, Second Class on 3 September, 1939. On 10 November, he was appointed to Pembroke, additional, to work with the London Convoy Pool.

On 5 July, 1940, he was appointed to the Eaglet to work with the Liverpool Convoy Pool.[2]

Hamilton died aboard M.V. Calcium when she struck a mine and sank with heavy loss of life.[Citation needed]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Marcus R. Hill
Captain of H.M.S. Greyhound
18 Mar, 1902[3] – 7 May, 1902[4]
Succeeded by
John F. E. Green
Preceded by
Basil G. Washington
Captain of H.M.S. Durban
12 May, 1924[5] – 2 Nov, 1926[6]
Succeeded by
Guy L. Coleridge
Preceded by
Charles W. Round-Turner
Captain of Chatham Gunnery School
1 Mar, 1927[7] – 14 Mar, 1929[8]
Succeeded by
Arthur N. Dowding
Preceded by
James F. Somerville
Captain of H.M.S. Barham
14 Mar, 1929[9] – 26 Apr, 1930[10]
Succeeded by
Oswald H. Dawson
Preceded by
Stephen St. L. Moore
Captain of H.M.S. Erebus
13 Sep, 1930[11] – 20 Sep, 1932[12]
Succeeded by
Herbert A. Forster

Footnotes

  1. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  2. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  3. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  4. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  5. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  6. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  7. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  8. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  9. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  10. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  11. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  12. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.