Robert Arthur Hornell

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Vice-Admiral Robert Arthur Hornell, D.S.O. (23 October, 1877 – 4 May, 1949) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hornell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1900.[1]

Hornell was deemed "first class" after attending the War College as a Lieutenant from 12 February - 31 May, 1907, and then joined the Staff College, Camberley, on May 13th.

Hornell was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1912.[2]

He commanded the destroyer Rother from 29 July, 1912 until 21 February of 1913 and then was appointed to Bulwark for one year. In early 1914, he was appointed additional to Leander for command of reduced T.Bs. and T.B.Ds..[3]

The Great War

On the eve of war, Hornell was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 14 on 29 July, 1914. He would remain in her until 16 October, 1916 when he was appointed in command of the destroyer Laforey.[4] He was only there ten days before he Laforey fought on the periphery of a substantial night action of 26-7 October, 1916.[5]

Hornell was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1917.[6]

He was appointed Captain (D) of the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla on 1 October, 1918.[7]

Hornell served as captain of Colossus from February, 1919 until he was appointed in command of the battleship Orion on 1 April.[8]

Post-War

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 19 May, 1929 and placed on the Retired List the next day. Hornell was advanced to Vice-Admiral on 11 February, 1934.

He proved of some assistance as Commodore of Convoys in World War II in 1941, but was put back on the Retired List in 1942. He seems to have come back after some issues with the common cold, but was finally retired again as medically unfit on 12 December, 1944.[9]

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Herbert W. W. Hope
Captain of H.M.S. Leda
1 Jan, 1910[10][11] – 15 Aug, 1912[12]
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Shuter
Preceded by
John P. Landon
Captain of H.M.S. Rother
29 Jul, 1912[13] – 21 Feb, 1913[14]
Succeeded by
Walter L. Allen
Preceded by
Frank Lumb
Captain of H.M. T.B. 14
29 Jul, 1914[15] – 16 Oct, 1916[16]
Succeeded by
Frederick B. Noble
Preceded by
Graham R. L. Edwards
Captain of H.M.S. Laforey
16 Oct, 1916[17][18] – 13 Jan, 1917[19]
Succeeded by
Arthur E. Durham
Preceded by
Francis A. W. Buller
Captain of H.M.S. Meteor
13 Jan, 1917[20] – 29 Jan, 1917[21]
Succeeded by
Henry Forrester
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Sturgeon
15 Feb, 1917[22] – 30 Apr, 1917[23]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Knox-Little
Preceded by
Rafe G. Rowley-Conwy
Captain of H.M.S. Nimrod
30 Apr, 1917[24][25] – 12 Feb, 1918[26]
Succeeded by
Malcolm L. Goldsmith
Preceded by
Alan C. Bruce
Captain of H.M.S. Patrol
14 Feb, 1918[27] – Apr, 1918[28]
Succeeded by
Gordon Campbell
Preceded by
Reginald L. Crichton
as Acting Captain (D), Seventh Destroyer Flotilla
Captain (D), Seventh Destroyer Flotilla
14 Feb, 1918[29] – 1 Oct, 1918[30]
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
Charles P. Beaty-Pownall
Captain of H.M.S. Colossus
1 Feb, 1919[31] – 18 Mar, 1919[32]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Arthur L. O. Forbes-Sempill
Preceded by
Cecil H. Pilcher
Captain of H.M.S. Orion
1 Apr, 1919 – 1 Apr, 1920[33]
Succeeded by
Alan Dixon
Preceded by
Cecil E. Tooth
Captain of H.M.S. Princess Margaret
6 Mar, 1923[34]
Succeeded by
Leonard L. P. Willan

Footnotes

  1. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  2. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  3. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  4. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  5. Naval Operations. Vol. IV. p. 63.
  6. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 1009.
  8. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 855.
  9. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 226.
  10. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 339.
  11. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  12. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  13. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  14. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  15. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  16. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  17. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  18. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395t.
  19. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  20. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  21. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  22. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  23. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  24. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395y.
  25. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  26. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  27. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  28. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  29. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  30. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  31. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  32. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  33. Hornell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/435. f. 437.
  34. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 260.