Henry Edward Horan

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Rear-Admiral Henry Edward Horan, C.B., D.S.C., R.N. (12 August, 1890 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Limerick.

Horan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1911.[1]

Great War

Horan was appointed Lieutenant in Command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 29 on 14 December, 1914. He would remain in command until July, 1916. On 9 October, 1916, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Archer.

Horan married on 27 November, 1916. The union would produce a daughter in 1918.

Horan was appointed in command of the destroyer Wessex on 31 August, 1918.[2]

Post-War

Horan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1919.[3]

Horan was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1924.[4]

Horan was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1930.[5]

Rear-Admiral A. B. Cunningham wrote that "[b]eing Irish, [Horan] has most of the traits usually attributed to that race." Admiral W. W. Fisher concurred with this categorical assessment.

In July, 1937, Horan was appointed in command of the battleship Barham.

World War II

Horan was loaned to the New Zealand Naval Forces on 22 April, 1938 as Chief of the Naval Staff and First Naval Member. Horan was given command of the light cruiser H.M.S. Leander on 1 January, 1940. When Leander left the New Zealand Station for detached service, Commodore Horan reverted to the rank of Captain and relinquished his roles as Chief of the Naval Staff and First Naval Member, and Commodore Commanding New Zealand Squadron on 1 May, 1940.

Horan received a remarkably caustic evaluation from Rear Admiral Murray in the December 1940, in which Murray wrote that Horan "[h]andles ship well and is always on the bridge on alert. Cannot think coherently or develop or respond to an argument. I do not understand how he was selected for an I.D.C. course. One of the jovial type and a gross flatterer until curbed. This may have biassed me against him." This was matched with one from Rear-Admiral Leatham that read, "Captain Horan does not impress me favourably. He is conceited and "plays to the gallery" – not recommended for employment as a Flag Officer."[6]

Seemingly in reflection of this scathing appraisal, Horan was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 8 July, 1941 and was placed on the Retired List the following day. Horan would, however, serve as Rear-Admiral, Landing Craft & Bases from December 1941 until 1943 when he was appointed as Rear Admiral Commanding Combined Operational Bases, Western Approaches and Rosyth Commands.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Geoffrey B. Smith
Captain of H.M. T.B. 29
14 Dec, 1914[8][9] – 13 Jul, 1916[10]
Succeeded by
Maxwell A. C. Ritter
Preceded by
Bryan F. Adams
Captain of H.M.S. Archer
9 Oct, 1916[11][12] – 28 May, 1917[13]
Succeeded by
Basil A. Taylor
Preceded by
Charles A. Fremantle
Captain of H.M.S. Nereus
28 May, 1917[14][15] – 13 Oct, 1917[16]
Succeeded by
Guy P. Bowles
Preceded by
Aubrey T. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Wessex
31 Aug, 1918[17] – 27 Sep, 1920[18]
Succeeded by
Daniel H. Rainier
Preceded by
Francis H. G. Walker
Captain of H.M.S. Wolsey
10 Nov, 1922[19] – Feb, 1924[20]
Succeeded by
John E. Phayre
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Whitehall
23 Mar, 1924[21] – 9 Aug, 1924[22]
Succeeded by
Frederick A. P. Foster
Preceded by
Edward L. S. King
Captain of H.M.S. Coventry
Nov, 1931[23] – 1934[24]
Succeeded by
James W. Rivett-Carnac
Preceded by
Norman A. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M.S. Barham
28 Jul, 1937[25] – 21 Apr, 1938[26]
Succeeded by
Algernon U. Willis
Preceded by
James W. Rivett-Carnac
Captain of H.M.S. Leander
1 Jan, 1940[27] – 1 May, 1940[28]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Bevan

Footnotes

  1. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 942.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 366.
  4. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  5. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  6. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  7. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  8. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  9. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 401.
  10. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  11. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  12. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 392d.
  13. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  14. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  15. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395x.
  16. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  17. The Navy List. (July, 1920). p. 898.
  18. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 845.
  20. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  21. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  22. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/5. f. 5.
  23. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  24. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  25. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  26. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  27. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.
  28. Horan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/92/99. f. 99.