Arthur Henniker-Heaton

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Captain (retired) Arthur Henniker-Heaton (14 April, 1883 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Gained six months' time on passing out of Britannia. In mid-September 1898, he was appointed to Jupiter in the Channel Squadron. In mid-January, 1899 he was appointed to Royal Arthur on the Australia Station. He would spend two years in her. [1]

In April, 1902, his seamanship exam was postponed due to incomplete sight examination. He did pass in mid-May, earning a third-class certificate with 645 of 1,000 marks.

In May 1905, he started four months sick on shore at a private address with a medical certificate indicating he was suffering from sub-acute gastritis.

Henniker-Heaton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1904 and appointed to the third class protected cruiser Prometheus for a year and a half during which he contributed to good gunlayer test results. In April, 1906 he was invalided home in S.S. Oruba with appendicitis, arriving home on 19 May. He regained fitness on 4 August. At the end of September, he began a two-year appointment in Hecla, during which time he would be lent to Vernon for a short course in wireless telegraphy.[2]

On 18 September, 1908, Henniker-Heaton was appointed in command of T.B. 20. In 1909, T.B. 13 collided with T.B. 19 and Henniker-Heaton was told the Admiralty approved of his action in the affair. In September, Captain Tyrwhitt congratulated Henniker-Heaton's T.B. 20 for being "the best of V.G. Flotilla."[3]

On 24 April, 1911, Henniker-Heaton was put on shore for a month, suffering from neurasthenia. He was not found fit until 4 October, 1911.

On 20 October 1911, Henniker-Heaton was appointed first lieutenant in Torch on the Australia Station.

Henniker-Heaton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 September, 1912. In November, he was removed from the ship by the Commander-in-Chief and sent to England in Drake, appearing drunk. It was later determined that a small amount of alcohol had been taken after insomnia medication, and that this had greatly amplified its intoxicating effects.[4]

In March 1913, Henniker-Heaton began six months on half pay.

From 31 August 1913 to 11 April, 1914, Henniker-Heaton served in Lord Nelson where he did not impress Captain Nugent, who recorded that his junior officer possessed no initiative and lacked executive ability. Henniker-Heaton was placed briefly in Jupiter and then, in mid May, appointed to Albion.

Henniker-Heaton was appointed in command of the destroyer Ness on 19 October, 1914.[5]

On 18 April, 1916, Henniker-Heaton was reported sick ashore with influenza. On 8 June 1916, he was found fit, having spent time at Plymouth Hospital. On 22 September, he was recommended for command of a T.B.D. by the Captain (D), Second Destroyer Flotilla.

On 24 June, 1917, he attacked a submarine. A second attack on 7 August prompted the Commander-in-Chief, Devonport to recommend Henniker-Heaton for the promptness with which his attack had been executed.

On 13 December 1917, Mandate collided with Anchusa. A Court of Enquiry followed; Henniker-Heaton aroused the Admiralty's displeasure in the matter and was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1917.[6]

On 27 March, 1918, Henniker-Heaton was admitted to hospital with symptoms which presently developed into a diagnosis of appendicitis. He received at least one operation, and other maladies followed. He would not be found fit until 20 January, 1919.[7]

Post-War

On 7 October 1919, Henniker-Heaton was appointed in command of the icebreaker H.M.S. Alexander, the former Russian Alexander Nevsky. She was handed over to White Russian forces very shortly thereafter.

On 12 August, 1920, he was appointed in command of the flotilla leader Seymour.[8]

On 16 February, 1921, a Court Martial charged Henniker-Heaton with navigating at excessive speed near the Isle of Wight while in command of Ursula. He was sentenced to be reprimanded for "negligent performance of duty."[9]

Henniker-Heaton was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 November, 1922.[10]

Henniker-Heaton was promoted to the rank of Captain on 14 April, 1928.[11]

World War II

Henniker-Heaton served as a Consular Shipping Adviser in Antwerp in May, 1940 and then was sent to Brightlingsea and placed in command of Nemo. Later, he was Royal Naval Officer, Salcombe and held other offices that are difficult to discern. He reverted to the Retired List on 3 March, 1944, later to volunteer to work handling dangerous cargoes in India.[12]

On 2 May 1956, Henniker-Heaton was admitted to Chatham Hospital with diverticulitis. He was discharged to his home two days later.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 20
18 Sep, 1908[13][14] – 1910[15]
Succeeded by
John O. Barron
Preceded by
The Hon. William S. Leveson-Gower
Captain of H.M.S. Bat
1910[16] – Feb, 1911[17]
Succeeded by
William J. Whitworth
Preceded by
Denis G. Thynne
Captain of H.M.S. Jed
c. 22 Feb, 1911[18] – 3 May, 1911[19]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey P. Russell
Preceded by
William T. Makeig-Jones
Captain of H.M.S. Ness
19 Oct, 1914[20][21] – 23 Nov, 1915[22]
Succeeded by
Gerald L. Parnell
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Mischief
26 Nov, 1915[23] – Dec, 1915[24]
Succeeded by
The Hon. Cyril A. Ward
Preceded by
The Hon. Cyril A. Ward
Captain of H.M.S. Lyra
Dec, 1915[25][26] – Oct, 1917[27]
Succeeded by
Astley D. C. Cooper-Key
Preceded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Captain of H.M.S. Mandate
26 Oct, 1917[28] – 22 Feb, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
Kenneth G. Ramsey
Preceded by
Geoffrey Corlett
Captain of H.M.S. Ulster
22 Feb, 1918[30] – 10 Mar, 1918[31]
Succeeded by
Francis E. H. G. Hobart
Preceded by
Hubert H. de Burgh
Captain of H.M.S. Satyr
21 Jan, 1919[32][33] – 1 Oct, 1919[34]
Succeeded by
Richard A. A. Plowden
Preceded by
Rowland H. Bather
Captain of H.M.S. Seymour
12 Aug, 1920[35][36] – 22 Feb, 1922[37]
Succeeded by
Ernest W. Leir

Footnotes

  1. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  2. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  3. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  4. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 361.
  6. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  7. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 863.
  9. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  10. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  11. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  12. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  13. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 400.
  15. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  16. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  17. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  18. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  19. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  20. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396e.
  22. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  23. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  24. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  25. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395i.
  27. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  28. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  29. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  30. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  31. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  32. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  33. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 904.
  34. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  35. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.
  36. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 863.
  37. Henniker-Heaton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/148. f. 353.