John Hugh Bainbridge

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Rear-Admiral John Hugh Bainbridge, J.P., Royal Navy (31 May, 1845 – 10 August, 1901) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

His son had the same name, and also served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Bainbridge's father, likewise, had his same name. He would drown on 10 June, 1877.

Bainbridge was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 28 June, 1866.

Bainbridge was promoted to the rank of Commander from the Victoria and Albert with seniority of 18 August, 1876.[1]


Bainbridge commanded the second class protected cruiser Forth in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1890. His ship acted as part of Fleet Number 2 which represented a hypothetical Hostile Fleet attacking British trade routes.[2]

He was appointed in command of battleship Resolution in the Channel Squadron on 17 December, 1896. On 11 May, 1898, he was appointed in command of the Nile, port guard ship. On 30 August he was appointed Commodore, Second Class in command of a squadron composed of the battleships Nile, Trafalgar, Thunderer, and the torpedo gunboat Spanker. The squadron dispersed at Portland on 12 October and Bainbridge struck his broad pendant on 13 October at Devonport.[3]

Bainbridge was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 11 July, 1899, vice Fullerton.[4]


  • "Rear-Admiral Bainbridge" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 12 August, 1901. Issue 36531, col E, p. 4.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Swinton C. Holland
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
22 Jul, 1890[5] – 23 Aug, 1890[Inference]
Succeeded by
John H. Bainbridge
Preceded by
John H. Bainbridge
Captain of H.M.S. Forth
8 Jul, 1891 – 20 Aug, 1891
Succeeded by
Edward G. Hulton
Preceded by
Charles Johnstone
Captain of H.M.S. Narcissus
4 May, 1892[6]
Succeeded by
Henry B. Lang
Preceded by
Andrew K. Bickford
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
17 Dec, 1896[7]
Succeeded by
Charles R. Arbuthnot
Preceded by
John H. Rainier
Captain of H.M.S. Nile
8 May, 1898[8] – 30 Aug, 1898
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Langley


  1. The London Gazette: no. 24356. p. 4673. 22 August, 1876.
  2. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 19, 1890; pg. 12; Issue 33068.
  3. Bainbridge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 58.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27100. p. 4444. 18 July, 1899.
  5. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 19, 1890; pg. 12; Issue 33068.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 237.
  7. List of Her Majesty's Ships, Vessels, and Torpedo Boats Present at Spithead 26th June 1897 Together with an Index of the Officers Serving in Them, &c. p. 50.
  8. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 274.