Walter Odwin Hutton Lambert

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Commander Walter Odwin Hutton Lambert (25 June, 1887 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy. Although possessed of "an inventive turn of mind", many found him to be arrogant and frail in character and body. "[I]f he had not such bad manners & was not so wanting in tact would be a very good officer."[1]

Life & Career

Lambert entered the naval service on 15 May, 1902, being appointed to Britannia and passing out on 14 September, 1903, receiving his first appointment, to Talbot the next day.[2]

In mid-August, he was appointed to receive training in submarines, but this was cancelled five days later. Lambert was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 September, 1908 and on 8 October, he was appointed to Aboukir.[3]

He qualified in service in torpedo craft in Gunnery, Torpedoes and Navigation between mid-1912 and April, 1913. Notably, he invented what became known as Lambert's Attack Director, which was evaluated in 1913.[4][5] He was married on 12 June, 1913.[6]

On 3 May, 1913, Lambert was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 33.[7] In November, 1915 a Court of Enquiry determined that Lambert had failed to exercise due care in a collision between T.B. 33 and a trawler.

From Malta on 11 September, 1916, Lambert requested two weeks leave while his ship was being refitted. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander four days later.

In November, he received one of the most negative S.206 remarks I've found yet, wherein Captain Coode wrote, "Sat. Below average. I am glad this officer has left the Flotilla & do not recommend him for further service in destroyers. Conceited & is very unpopular with his contemporaries. Health poor & appears to have no stamina." Indeed, his health issues were frequent. He'd been hospitalised for influenza in February, 1915 and had just been in hospital in Plymouth as this appraisal was being offered.[8]

Lambert was appointed in command of the destroyer Pasley on 10 January, 1918.[9]

Post-War

On 9 September, 1920 he was appointed to Conqueror, moving to Orion in the following April. After she paid off on 12 April, 192, Lambert was returned to destroyer command in Garry, appointed 16 May, 1922.[10]

On 12 October, 1922, the Admiralty determined that signals sent between Garry and Liffey had been prejudicial to discipline of both vessels, and expressed their displeasure with the discredit reflected upon Lambert. However, in December Captain Aylmer recommended him for promotion. In January, 1913 Aylmer opined upon Their Lordships earlier finding and suggested that Lambert had been dealing with "a very hot tempered and irritating offr" during the signalling incident.[11]

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 November, 1929 with the rank of Commander.[12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Reginald W. Blake
Captain of H.M. T.B. 33
3 May, 1913[13][14] – Feb, 1916[15]
Succeeded by
Walter O. H. Lambert
Preceded by
Edward P. U. Pender
Captain of H.M.S. Racehorse
27 Feb, 1915[16]c. 24 Mar, 1915[17]
Succeeded by
Guy L. Warren
Preceded by
Walter O. H. Lambert
Captain of H.M. T.B. 33
27 Mar, 1915[18] – 10 Nov, 1915[19]
Succeeded by
Christopher H. Petrie
Preceded by
Henry N. M. Hardy
Captain of H.M.S. Racoon
10 Nov, 1915[20] – 25 Sep, 1916[21]
Succeeded by
Kenneth F. Sworder
Preceded by
Laurence R. Palmer
Captain of H.M.S. Defender
2 Dec, 1916[22][23] – 9 Jan, 1918[24]
Succeeded by
Ralph W. H. Roberts
Preceded by
Richard B. England
Captain of H.M.S. Pasley
10 Jan, 1918[25][26] – 23 Mar, 1919[27]
Succeeded by
Edward D. W. Lawford
Preceded by
Terence A. F. Longford
Captain of H.M.S. Garry
16 May, 1922[28] – 15 Apr, 1924[29]
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  2. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  3. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  4. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1913. p. 31.
  5. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1914. p. 30.
  6. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 400.
  8. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  9. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 862.
  10. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  11. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  12. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 400.
  14. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  15. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  16. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  17. Some inference here. It is recorded as February in Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  18. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  19. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  20. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  21. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  22. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393.
  23. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  24. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  25. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 862.
  26. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  27. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  28. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.
  29. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/144. f. 56.