Gerald Cartmell Harrison

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Rear-Admiral Gerald Cartmell Harrison, Royal Navy (8 October, 1883 – 10 August, 1943) was an officer of the Royal Navy. He managed to command a great many vessels in his naval career despite frequent medical issues, though no single ailment seemed to predominate.

Life & Career

Gerald Harrison was the son of a merchant, John Harrison. He gained five months time on passing out of Britannia and received his first appointment on 5 October, 1899, to the second class protected cruiser Hermes, serving on the North America and West Indies Station. When she paid off on 8 December, 1900, Harrison was sent to join the first class protected cruiser Blenheim, where he was to serve for two years on the China Station.[1]

The years 1903-1905 were complicated by a broken arm and a dislocated knee, causing him to miss joining College. He recuperated at Haslar and emerged fit only in October, 1905.

Harrison was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1908 while on duty at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.[2]

Appendicitis derailed him for two months from July, 1910 when he sought treatment in Plymouth Hospital.

He was appointed as captain of the destroyer Kestrel on 19 July, 1911. In 1912, he would be commended for his help after Hydro Aeroplane #1 suffered an accident, but in November he was again placed in hospital for two weeks – this time for a sprained right ankle.

On 1 April, 1913, he was appointed as captain of the destroyer Fawn, and "for charge of reduced T.B.Ds".[3]

Harrison was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1913.[4]

On 29 August, 1913, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Crane and "for charge of reduced T.B.D.'s of 6th Flotilla."[5]

Great War

Harrison was appointed in command of the Tribal Class destroyer Cossack on 29 July, 1914.

Harrison was captain of the destroyer Manners at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Eleventh Destroyer Flotilla.

On 24 September, 1916, Harrison was commended for his "prompt action" in an encounter with a German U-boat.

In early 1917, he was again undergoing medical treatments.

Harrison was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1917.[6]

Post-War

On 1 October, 1919, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Rocket.[7]

Harrison was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1924.[8]

Harrison was appointed additional to the flotilla leader Keith on 29 April, 1932, to take command and become Captain (D) of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla upon her commissioning in May. He was superseded on 18 October, 1933.[9]

His final appointment before retirement was in command of the Gosport training establishment St. Vincent, from 6 April, 1934. Harrison was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 4 January, 1936 and placed on the Retired List the following day in accordance with Order in Council of 9 March, 1914. He was superseded at St. Vincent only after retirement, however, on 1 September, 1936.[10]

Harrison was brought back up on 1 December, 1940 for an appointment at Selection Board Number 9, vice Macfarlan. He reverted to the Retired List as medically unfit on 1 November, 1941.[11]

Harrison died "suddenly" at Blyth, Notts on 10 August, 1943. He left a widow, Katherine.[12]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Thursday, 12 August, 1943. Issue 49622, col A, pg. 1.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William Bacon
Captain of H.M. T.B. 115
1 Jan, 1906[13][14] – Feb, 1907[15]
Succeeded by
Cradock W. C. J. Nowell
Preceded by
George J. Todd
Captain of H.M.S. Teviot
13 Jun, 1911[16] – 19 Jul, 1911[17]
Succeeded by
Alexander H. Gye
Preceded by
Frederic B. Coppin
Captain of H.M.S. Kestrel
19 Jul, 1911[18] – 1 Apr, 1913[19][20]
Succeeded by
Richard L. Hamer
Preceded by
Herbert E. W. C. Whyte
Captain of H.M.S. Fawn
1 Apr, 1913[21][22] – 29 Aug, 1913[23]
Succeeded by
Harold C. Woollcombe-Boyce
Preceded by
Arthur G. Onslow
Captain of H.M.S. Crane
29 Aug, 1913[24][25] – 18 Nov, 1913[26]
Succeeded by
Hubert S. Braddyll
Preceded by
Albert M. H. Phillips
Captain of H.M.S. Cossack
3 Feb, 1914[27] – 5 Aug, 1915[28]
Succeeded by
William E. B. Magee
Preceded by
Charles J. Wintour
Captain of H.M.S. Swift
5 Aug, 1915[29] – 26 Aug, 1915[30]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Coppinger
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Manners
26 Aug, 1915[31][32] – 29 May, 1917[33]
Succeeded by
Reginald Watkins Grubb
Preceded by
Charles E. H. White
Captain of H.M.S. Manners
28 Jul, 1917[34] – 5 Sep, 1917[35]
Succeeded by
Edward C. Denison
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Ulleswater
5 Sep, 1917[36] – 10 Oct, 1917[37]
Succeeded by
Edye K. Boddam-Whetham
Preceded by
William B. Mackenzie
Captain of H.M.S. Sarpedon
10 Oct, 1917[38][39] – Apr, 1918[40]
Succeeded by
Edmond A. B. Stanley
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Vanessa
10 Apr, 1918[41] – 25 Jan, 1919[42]
Succeeded by
Edward O. Broadley
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Wallace
25 Jan, 1919[43][44] – 28 Feb, 1919[45]
Succeeded by
Brien M. Money
Preceded by
Samuel B. Graves
Captain of H.M.S. Nonpareil
28 Feb, 1919[46] – 1 Oct, 1919[47]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
James C. Colvill
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
1 Oct, 1919[48][49] – 1 Mar, 1921[50]
Succeeded by
John O. Barron
Preceded by
Paul Whitfield
Captain of H.M.S. Tribune
20 Nov, 1921[51][52] – 10 Oct, 1923[53]
Succeeded by
Herbert Owen
Preceded by
John C. Tovey
Captain of H.M.S. Seawolf
7 Jan, 1924[54][55] – 9 Jan, 1925[56]
Succeeded by
Lawrence D'O. Bignell
Preceded by
George L. Massey
Captain of H.M.A.S. Adelaide
13 Aug, 1926[57] – 9 May, 1929[58]
Succeeded by
Harry L. Howden
Preceded by
Dudley B. N. North
Captain of H.M.S. Constance
9 May, 1929[59] – 22 Apr, 1930[60]
Succeeded by
Colin A. M. Sarel
Preceded by
Alfred E. Evans
Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence
26 Apr, 1930[61] – 29 Apr, 1932[62]
Succeeded by
William E. C. Tait
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Keith
29 Apr, 1932[63] – 18 Oct, 1933[64]
Succeeded by
Alfred J. L. Phillips
Preceded by
Bertram C. Watson
Captain (D), Fourth Destroyer Flotilla
29 Apr, 1932[65] – 18 Oct, 1933[66]
Succeeded by
George H. Creswell
Preceded by
Charles A. Scott
Captain of H.M.S. Barham
24 Oct, 1933[67] – 15 Dec, 1933[68]
Succeeded by
Richard J. R. Scott
 

Footnotes

  1. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  2. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 312.
  4. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 300.
  6. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 856.
  8. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  9. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  10. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  11. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  12. "Deaths" (Deaths). The Times. Thursday, 12 August, 1943. Issue 49622, col A, p. 1.
  13. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 399.
  14. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568. The 12th is specified here.
  15. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  16. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  17. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  18. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 336.
  19. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  20. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 336.
  21. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 312.
  22. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  23. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  24. The Navy List. (December, 1913). p. 300.
  25. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  26. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  27. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  28. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  29. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  30. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396.
  32. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  33. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  34. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  35. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  36. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  37. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  38. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  39. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397u.
  40. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  41. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  42. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  43. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  44. The Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 941.
  45. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  46. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  47. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  48. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 856.
  49. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  50. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  51. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 823.
  52. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  53. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  54. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 268.
  55. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  56. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  57. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  58. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  59. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  60. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  61. "Naval, Military and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 11 April, 1930. Issue 45485, col D, p. 21.
  62. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  63. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  64. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  65. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  66. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  67. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568.
  68. Harrison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/164. f. 568. Month name not entirely sure