Arthur John Horsley

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Admiral Arthur John Horsley, Royal Navy, Retired (3 March, 1853 – 7 April, 1937) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Horsley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 16 April, 1878.[1]

Horsley was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1891.[2] On 17 August, 1892 he married Eva Donne.[3]

In March 1896, Horsley departed Bermuda in the composite screw sloop H.M.S. Pelican to relieve the screw sloop Buzzard at Nassau..[4]

Horsley was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1898.[5] On 30 August, 1899 he remarried, to Mary Lyse Stoughton.[6]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Magnificent in October, 1900.

Horsley took command of Northampton on 3 November, 1902[7] but found himself Court Martialed and blamed for for grounding Northampton in 1904 and reprimanded. Oddly, he was also commended for refloating her![8]

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Hawke in November 1904, remaining with her until the 9 July, 1905.

On 4 April, 1907 Captain Horsley was again blamed for grounding a ship, this time the armoured cruiser Achilles. It was declared that Horsley should have issued "special instructions" to avoid this misfortune.[9]

Flag Rank

Horsley was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 1 September, 1907, vice Giffard.[10] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, he was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, dated 20 September.[11]

He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 31 July, 1912.[12] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 9 June, 1916.[13]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral A. J. Horsley" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 8 April, 1937. Issue 47653, col C, p. 18.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles H. Cochran
Captain of H.M.S. Pelican
12 Dec, 1895[14] – 7 Jan, 1898
Succeeded by
Herbert Lyon
Preceded by
Robert A. J. Montgomerie
Captain of H.M.S. Cambrian
11 Jul, 1899[15] – 22 Aug, 1899[16]
Succeeded by
Robert K. McAlpine
Preceded by
Archibald J. Pocklington
Captain of H.M.S. Europa
21 Mar, 1900[17] – 23 Oct, 1900[18]
Succeeded by
Robert N. Ommanney
Preceded by
John Ferris
Captain of H.M.S. Magnificent
23 Oct, 1900[19] – 16 Oct, 1902[20]
Succeeded by
Sackville H. Carden
Preceded by
William G. White
Captain of H.M.S. Northampton
16 Oct, 1902[21][22]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Sir George J. S. Warrender, Bart.
Captain of H.M.S. Hawke
Nov, 1904[23] – 9 Jul, 1905[24]
Succeeded by
Francis S. Miller
Preceded by
Charles H. Cochran
Captain of Devonport Dockyard and King's Harbour Master
Jul, 1905[25] – 20 Sep, 1907
Succeeded by
Robert N. Ommanney
as Captain of Devonport Dockyard
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24574. p. 2637. 19 April, 1878.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26239. p. 3. 1 January, 1892.
  3. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 648.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), March 20, 1896, Issue 34843, p.11.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 26924. p. 7854. 31 December, 1897.
  6. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 648.
  7. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 648.
  8. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 651.
  9. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 651.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28056. p. 6019. 3 September, 1907.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 28065. p. 6577. 1 October, 1907.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 28632. p. 5723. 2 August, 1912.
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29621. p. 5828. 13 June, 1916.
  14. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 246.
  15. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 47/92.
  16. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 47/92.
  17. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 47/92.
  18. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 47/92.
  19. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 69/649.
  20. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 69/649.
  21. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 69/649.
  22. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 349.
  23. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 44.
  24. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 651.
  25. Horsley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 44.