William Wybrow Hallwright
Life & Career
Born in Birmingham the son of surgeon Matthew Hallwright, Hallwright studied at Portsmouth Grammar School before entering the Royal Navy. He placed fifth of sixty-one cadets passing out of Britannia in August 1899, earning 1835 of 2250 possible marks. He was awarded eight months' time on passing out of Britannia.
Hallwright was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1905.
Hallwright was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1913.
Hallwright was appointed in command of H.M.S. Q.16 on 3 March, 1917. Almost immediately, he was in action, engaging and appearing to damage an enemy submarine on 19 March. This performance merited a D.S.O. award, gazetted on 12 May, 1917. However, the pace of operations proved so intense that Hallwright died before this, killed Q 16 was struck by shell fire from U 52 in a running battle west or Ireland.
Gordon Campbell wrote of Hallwright's death:
"While fitting out, news was received that Lt Cdr Hallwright, who had towed us in the Q-5, had been killed in action. Details showed that he had been lying in his lookout at the end of the bridge of his Q-sloop, HMS Heather, when a shell from a submarine had struck the ship. A splinter had penetrated the deck, hit his head, and killed him. On hearing this, I arranged for the ends of the bridge to be armoured with 1-in plating..."
|Captain of H.M.S. Marigold
17 Jul, 1915 – 18 Jul, 1915
|Captain of H.M.S. Laburnum
18 Jul, 1915 – 3 Mar, 1917
William F. Budgen
Frederick W. Law
|Captain of H.M.S. Q.16
3 Mar, 1917 – 21 Apr, 1917
- Hampshire Telegraph and Naval Chronicle (Portsmouth, England), 23 Apr 1898 p. 8.
- "Naval & Military Intelligence" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Aug 10, 1899; pg. 8; Issue 35904.
- Campbell, Gordon. "My Mystery Ships".
- The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395t.