Harold Fisher Alderton

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Lieutenant Harold Fisher Alderton (17 January, 1886 – 22 February, 1911) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of bank accountant F. F. Alderton, Esq., Alderton received three months' time on passing out of Britannia on 15 January, 1902 and was rated Midshipman without examination on 15 February. His first ship was Mars in the Channel.

Alderton was too sick to participate in manoeuvres in June 1906.

Alderton received his watchkeeping certificate in June 1907 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1907.

Alderton was appointed to Albion on 20 June, 1908. He took ill while in her and was admitted to Chatham Hospital for gonorrhea on 20 August, 1909. He was discharged five days later.

Alderton was briefly in command of T.B. 068 before being appointed in command of T.B. 115 in December, 1910. On 22 February, 1911, able seaman Edwin Walter Heasman of T.B. 115 fell overboard while securing the T.B. to No. 64 buoy in heavy seas in Stangate Creek. Alderton, who had been on the bridge, came forward and lowered himself by a line to assist the man, but was apparently overcome by exhaustion in his wetted clothes and drowned. Heasman was found unconscious, and recovered fully. Alderton's own body was reported as not being recovered one day later.[1]

A Testimonial from the Royal Humane Society was sent to Alderton's mother on 17 May, 1911.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John A. Scott
Captain of H.M. T.B. 068
18 Oct, 1909[2] – Dec, 1910
Succeeded by
Henry I. M. L. Scott
Preceded by
Guy P. Bowles
Captain of H.M. T.B. 115
Dec, 1910[3] – 22 Feb, 1911
Succeeded by
Henry I. M. L. Scott

Footnotes

  1. "A Gallant Action" The Times (London, England), Thursday, Feb 23, 1911; pg. 16; Issue 39516.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  3. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 400.