Hubert Vaughan-Jones

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Captain (retired) Hubert Vaughan-Jones, C.B.E. (24 June, 1884 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Vaughan-Jones gained two months' time on passing out of Britannia and receiving his first appointment, to Mars in mid-January, 1901. After one year there, he transferred to H.M.S. Irresistible in Chatham, where he served for twenty-eight months and proved "a good oar."[1]

Vaughan-Jones arrived home in H.M.S. Bedford on 23 May, 1904. On 15 August, he gallantly attempted to save the life of seaman William Hurst who had fallen overboard into Portland Roads. The Royal Humane Society would later honour him with a Bronze Medal and certificate for his example. Vaughan-Jones entered college on 6 September.[2]

As a Sub-Lieutenant, Vaughan-Jones was appointed in command of first-class torpedo boat T.B. 53 on 26 July, 1905. This was an uncommon opportunity for him. Upon his being superseded in April, 1906, he was sent for instruction in submarines and then was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 August, 1906.[3]

Vaughan-Jones was appointed in command of the submarine C 13 on 15 February, 1909.In June, 1909 he was faulted for a slight error in judgment that resulted in a collision between C 13 and C 17.

Vaughan-Jones was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 August, 1914.[4]

His service record appears to indicate he was put in command of D 2 on 24 November, 1914, and he was not removed from this appointment until 27 December 1914, but this seems off, as the submarine was lost in November.[5]

Vaughan-Jones was captain of E 9 for just over two years, operating as part of the Eighth Submarine Flotilla from December 1915 to August, 1916 and then on detached service under the auspices of the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth until mid-January of 1918. At the end of this appointment, Captain Moubray, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth wrote that Vaughan-Jones was "not overburdened with zeal. Quick-tempered and intolerant with stupid men." Captain Cromie was more charitable, writing that the officer possessed great tact and that his French and Russian language skills would make him well-suited for service in Russia.[6]

Post-War

Vaughan-Jones was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1918.[7]

On 10 December, 1920, Vaughan-Jones was appointed in command of the M 1, M 2 and M 3 of submarine reserve group "C" at Portsmouth.[8]

Vaughan-Jones was superseded in command of H.M.S. Sesame on 2 January, 1930 and in April treated at Chatham Naval Hospital for an old injury in his left knee. Though he was found fit two weeks later, he was soon placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 10 June, 1930.[9]

Vaughan-Jones was selected for 1932's Sea Transport Officers' Training Course. He received an emergency appointment in Egypt, and was commended for his services in this capacity in 1936. In 1937, he was granted permission to accept a regular appointment there, and was given special permission to do so with the rank of Captain.

World War II

In late August 1939, Vaughan-Jones was appointed to provide Sea Transport duties in Egypt. On 22 February, 1940, this was altered to Principal Sea Transport Officer, Egypt, serving in the rank of Commodore, Second Class. He was superseded at the end of 1941 and on 22 December appointed to be a District Sea Transport Officer, possibly in Portsmouth.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
George E. M. Blackmore
Captain of H.M. T.B. 53
26 Jul, 1905[10][11] – 7 Apr, 1906[12]
Succeeded by
Clive Phillipps-Wolley
Preceded by
Algernon H. C. Candy
Captain of H.M.S. A 8
18 May, 1908[13][14] – 15 Feb, 1909[15]
Succeeded by
Gilbert E. Venning
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. C 13
15 Feb, 1909[16][17] – 14 Nov, 1912[18]
Succeeded by
William J. Foster
Preceded by
William J. Foster
Captain of H.M.S. C 13
2 Sep, 1914[19][20] – 24 Nov, 1914[21]
Succeeded by
Henry N. Lake
Preceded by
William J. Foster
Captain of H.M.S. D 8
4 Feb, 1915[22] – Dec, 1915[23]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey R. S. Watkins
Preceded by
Max K. Horton
Captain of H.M.S. E 9
Dec, 1915[24] – 15 Jan, 1918[25]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. K 15
15 Jan, 1918[26] – 30 Dec, 1919[27]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey R. S. Watkins
Preceded by
Frederick C. C. Kennedy
Captain of H.M.S. K 6
30 Dec, 1919[28][29] – 10 Dec, 1920[30]
Succeeded by
Charles de Burgh
Preceded by
Frederick H. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. M 3
10 Dec, 1920[31]
Succeeded by
Hugh R. Marrack
Preceded by
Claud L. Y. Dering
Captain of H.M.S. M 2
10 Dec, 1920[32]
Succeeded by
Alfred G. Hine
Preceded by
Robert Bertram Ramsay
Captain of H.M.S. M 1
10 Dec, 1920[33]
Succeeded by
Charles G. Brodie
Preceded by
Henry F. M. Peto
Captain of H.M.S. Arrogant
18 Jul, 1921[34] – 28 Nov, 1921[35]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John B. Glencross
Captain of H.M.S. Fermoy
28 Nov, 1921[36][37] – 14 Apr, 1923[38]
Succeeded by
Hugh R. Marrack
Preceded by
Bernard Acworth
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
15 Apr, 1925[39] – 27 May, 1926[40]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Noel L. Veresmith
Captain of H.M.S. Thruster
27 May, 1926[41] – Jul, 1926[42]
Succeeded by
Austen G. Lilley
Preceded by
John G. Crace
Captain of A/S School H.M.S. Osprey
22 Nov, 1926[43] – 1927[44]
Succeeded by
William B. Mackenzie
Preceded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Captain of H.M.S. Sesame
27 May, 1929[45] – 2 Jan, 1930[46]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  2. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  3. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  4. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  5. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  6. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  7. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 804.
  9. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  10. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  11. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 399.
  12. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  13. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 318.
  15. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  16. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  17. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 286.
  18. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  19. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1914). p. 284.
  21. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  22. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  23. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  24. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  25. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  26. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  27. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  28. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  29. The Navy List. (June, 1920). p. 796.
  30. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  31. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 804.
  32. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 804.
  33. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 804.
  34. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  35. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  36. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  37. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 758.
  38. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  39. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  40. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  41. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  42. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  43. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  44. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127. Whether his command ended in January or June is difficult to interpret, but he remained there until June.
  45. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.
  46. Vaughan-Jones Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/237. f. 127.