Robert Stewart Phipps Hornby

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Admiral Robert Stewart Phipps Hornby, C.M.G., J.P., Royal Navy (9 July, 1866 – 13 August, 1956) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hornby was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant dated 9 July, 1886.[1]

Hornby was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1898.[2]

On 1 January, 1903 he was promoted to the rank of Captain.[3]

In October 1904, he assumed command of the second class protected cruiser Diana.[4]

He served as captain of Glory from March 1907 through September 1908.[5]

Hornby was appointed Captain of H.M.S. Vernon on 18 October, 1908, a post he would retain for three years.[6]

He was appointed command of the battlecruiser Inflexible on 8 May, 1912.[7]

He served as captain of Monarch from December 1912 through June 1913.[8]

Phipps Hornby was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 15 May, 1913, vice Brock.[9]

Great War

On 1 August, 1914, Hornby was appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding Cruiser Force E (the Eleventh Cruiser Squadron), with his flag in the Doris. On 5 September he transferred his flag to the battleship Glory as Rear-Admiral Commanding Cruiser Force H on the North America and West Indies Station. In February, 1915, he became Rear-Admiral Commanding on the North America and West Indies Station, and on 7 March became Second-in-Command on that station to Vice-Admiral Sir George E. Patey. He hauled down his flag on 21 June, and his last day on full pay was on the 27th.[10][11]

In September, 1917, he was appointed president of an Admiralty Committee to investigate a range of topics including the suitability of the existing system of torpedo personnel, though it had not issued its report as of late August, 1918.[12]

Hornby was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral, vice Peirse, on 11 March, 1918.[13]

Post-War

Hornby was promoted to the rank of Admiral in the place of Sir Stanley Colville, placed on the Retired List, on 4 April, 1922.[14] Hornby was himself placed on the Retired List "at his own request" on 6 April.[15]

Bibliography

  • "Adml. Phipps Hornby" (Obituaries). The Times. Wednesday, 15 August, 1956. Issue 53610, col D, p. 10.

Papers

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald G. O. Tupper
Captain of H.M.S. Pylades
1 Sep, 1901[16]
Succeeded by
Herbert C. C. Da Costa
Preceded by
Arthur H. Christian
Captain of H.M.S. Highflyer
14 Jul, 1904[17]
Succeeded by
Henry H. Campbell
Preceded by
David Beatty
Captain of H.M.S. Diana
5 Oct, 1904[18][19] – 5 Nov, 1906[20]
Succeeded by
Heathcoat S. Grant
Preceded by
Ernest C. T. Troubridge
Captain of H.M.S. Glory
5 Mar, 1907[21] – Sep, 1908[22]
Succeeded by
William C. Pakenham
Preceded by
Douglas A. Gamble
Captain of H.M.S. Vernon
18 Oct, 1908[23] – 1 Nov, 1911[24]
Succeeded by
William C. M. Nicholson
Preceded by
Cyril E. Tower
Captain of H.M.S. Swiftsure
19 Jan, 1912[25] – 14 May, 1912[26]
Succeeded by
Guy R. A. Gaunt
Preceded by
Richard F. Phillimore
Captain of H.M.S. Inflexible
14 May, 1912[27] – 4 Nov, 1912[28]
Succeeded by
Arthur N. Loxley
Preceded by
Charles F. Sowerby
Captain of H.M.S. Monarch
Dec, 1912[29] – 16 Jun, 1913[30]
Succeeded by
Edmund H. Smith
Preceded by
Bernard Currey
President of Anti-Submarine Committee
16 Dec, 1913[31]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Rear-Admiral in Command, Eighth Battle Squadron
Jul, 1914[32]
Succeeded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Preceded by
New Command
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Cruiser Squadron E
1 Aug, 1914[33] – 5 Sep, 1914[34]
Succeeded by
Henry L. Tottenham
Preceded by
Sir Christopher G. F. M. Cradock as Rear Admiral Commanding, Fourth Cruiser Squadron
Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
Feb, 1915[35]
Succeeded by
Sir George E. Patey
Preceded by
?
Second-in-Command, North America and West Indies Station
Mar, 1915[36] – 21 Jun, 1915[37]
Succeeded by
Morgan Singer

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 25660. p. 6612. 31 December, 1886.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26983. p. 3984. 1 July, 1898.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27512. p. 3. 2 January, 1903.
  4. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  5. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  6. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  7. Roberts. Battlecruisers. p. 122.
  8. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 28719. p. 3514. 16 May, 1913.
  10. Hornby Service Record. p. 338.
  11. Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers in Existence on 11th November, 1918. p. 34.
  12. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1917. p. vi.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 30599. p. 3756. 26 March, 1918.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 32668. p. 2934. 11 April, 1922.
  15. The London Gazette: no. 32672. p. 3030. 14 April, 1922.
  16. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 296.
  17. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  18. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 301.
  19. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  20. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  21. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  22. 1908 per Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338. Inferred September from Pakenham's appointment.
  23. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  24. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  25. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  26. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  27. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  28. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  29. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  30. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  31. Phipps Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  32. Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  33. Phipps Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  34. Phipps Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  35. Phipps Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  36. Phipps Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  37. Phipps Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.