Herbert Willes Webley Hope

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Admiral Herbert Willes Webley Hope, C.B., C.V.O., D.S.O. (26 May, 1878 – 26 April, 1968) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

On 19 July, 1898, he was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant dated 15 July, 1897.[1]

In May of 1904, he was serving as Lieutenant (G) in Venerable.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 31 December, 1909.[3]

Great War

At the start of the Great War Hope was assigned to the Admiralty War Staff, where he was one of three officers detailed to keep the charts in the War Room up to date. He considered it a "dull occupation" and cursed his luck for not being at sea.[4]

On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, of the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 4 June, 1917.[5]


He was appointed command of the light cruiser Dartmouth on 1 October, 1917.[6]

He was appointed command of the battlecruiser Repulse in November 1924.[7]

Following the Prince of Wales's return Hope was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) on 16 October, 1925.[8]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 1 April, 1931, vice Buller. He was placed on the Retired List on the following day.[9] He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 1 January, 1936.[10]

See Also


  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 29 April, 1968. Issue 57238, col F, p. 10.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry R. Crooke
Captain of H.M.S. Kite
1 Mar, 1905[11]
Succeeded by
Edward A. Rushton
Preceded by
Otto H. Stahlknecht
Captain of H.M.S. Leda
15 Jul, 1909[12] – 1 Jan, 1910
Succeeded by
Robert A. Hornell
Preceded by
Albert P. Addison
Captain of H.M.S. Dartmouth
1 Oct, 1917[13]
Succeeded by
Guy P. Bigg-Wither
Preceded by
Henry W. Parker
Captain of H.M.S. Repulse
Nov, 1924[14]
Succeeded by
Edward R. G. R. Evans
Preceded by
Henry R. Crooke
President of the Ordnance Committee
1928[Fact Check]
Succeeded by
Bernard W. F. Fairbairn


  1. The London Gazette: no. 26989. p. 4442. 22 July, 1898.
  2. Joint Report of the Mediterranean and Channel Committees on Methods of Controlling Gun Fire in Action at The National Archives. ADM 1/7758, p. 10.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 28325. p. 29. 4 January, 1910.
  4. "Narrative of Captain Hope." The National Archives. HW/3.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30111. p. 5454. 4 June, 1917.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 774.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 33101. p. 7350. 10 November, 1925.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 33706. p. 2331. 10 April, 1931.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 34240. p. 135. 7 January, 1936.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 311.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 340.
  13. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 774.
  14. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 263.