Alan Geoffrey Hotham

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Admiral (retired) SIR Alan Geoffrey Hotham, K.C.M.G., C.B. (3 October, 1876 – 10 July, 1965) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Hotham was a first-class cricket player for Hampshire at the turn of the century.

Upon passing out of Britannia in December, 1891, Hotham gained a commendable twelve month's seniority. He took this advanced standing to join the Blake on the North American station on 2 February, 1892. On 9 March, 1895, he moved to join the corvette Cleopatra at the orders of the Commander-in-Chief.

After serving in the torpedo gunboat Alarm for the annual manoeuvres in July and August, Hotham was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 3 October, 1896. His next appointment took him to the Mediterranean in the Ramillies, from mid-January 1897 until May of 1898.[1]

Hotham was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1907.[2]

He was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Æolus on 23 May, 1911.[3]

Hotham was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1913.[4]

Great War

In June 1914, he was appointed in command of the light cruiser Aurora. He was relieved in this post by Wilmot Stuart Nicholson on 11 November, 1914, having had the cartilage slip in his right knee.[5]

He was appointed in command of the light cruiser Comus in February 1915, remaining in her through the Battle of Jutland where she supported the Grand Fleet as part of the Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron.[6]

Hotham was made Director of the Trade Division on 1 October, 1917.[7]

Post-War

Hotham was appointed Captain of H.M.S. Chatham on 24 May, 1920.[8]

Hotham was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 2 November, 1923.[9]

As a Rear-Admiral, on 15 August, 1924, he was made Director of the Director of Naval Intelligence, holding the post for two years. He was admitted to R.N. Hospital Chatham on 14 July, 1926, suffering from neurasthenia.[10]

Hotham was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 27 February, 1929 and was placed on the Retired List the following day.[11]

Hotham was promoted to the rank of Admiral (retired) on 31 December, 1932.[12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William W. Wilson
Captain of H.M.S. Æolus
23 May, 1911[13][14] – 3 Oct, 1913[15]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Aurora
19 Jun, 1914[16] – 11 Nov, 1914[17]
Succeeded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Penelope
6 Oct, 1914[18] – 1 Dec, 1914[19]
Succeeded by
Hubert Lynes
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Comus
19 Feb, 1915[20][21] – 26 Dec, 1916[22]
Succeeded by
John M. Casement
Preceded by
Hugh T. Walwyn
Assistant Director of Naval Equipment
1917[23] – 1 Oct, 1917[24]
Succeeded by
Percy Withers
Preceded by
Richard Webb
Director of the Trade Division
1 Oct, 1917[25][26][27] – 24 May, 1920[28]
Succeeded by
Charles J. C. Little
Preceded by
William L. Elder
Captain of H.M.S. Chatham
24 May, 1920[29][30] – Jul, 1923[31]
Succeeded by
Alister F. Beal
Preceded by
Maurice S. FitzMaurice
Director of Naval Intelligence
15 Aug, 1924[32][33] – 15 Aug, 1927[34]
Succeeded by
William W. Fisher

Footnotes

  1. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  2. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 273.
  4. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  5. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  6. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  7. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 122.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 953-8.
  9. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  10. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 124.
  11. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 223.
  12. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 223.
  13. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  14. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 273.
  15. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  16. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  17. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  18. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  19. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  20. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  21. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 393f.
  22. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  23. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  24. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  25. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  26. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 122.
  27. The Navy List. (February, 1920). p. 1816.
  28. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  29. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  30. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 953-8.
  31. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  32. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 184.
  33. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 124.
  34. Hotham Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/184. f. 223.