Jack Sauzer Hoffmann

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Commander (retired) Jack Sauzer Hoffmann (28 March, 1889 – 2 March, 1942) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Westminster, Hoffmann entered the Navy directly from Conway with two months' boost in seniority.

In March, 1911, an accident injured an engine room artificer in Seagull and Hoffmann was told to be more cautious in future.

Hoffmann was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1911.

Hoffmann was appointed in command of the destroyer Milne on 11 December, 1917.[1] On 8 August, 1918, Hoffmann was cautioned to be more careful following a Milne's collision with a submerged object.

Hoffmann was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1919.

Hoffmann was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 11 May, 1920.

Hoffmann was promoted to the rank of Commander on 28 March, 1929.

In 1940, Hoffmann grounded a warship whose name is appears to be similar to Wolbansugh.

Hoffmann was appointed in command of the river gunboat H.M.S. Grasshopper on 21 September, 1940. She was sunk on 14 February, 1942 by Japanese air attack.

Hoffmann was mentioned in despatches in 1946 for displaying great courage in H.M.S. Grasshopper and Stronghold in the face of superior Japanese forces in February and March, 1942. He is presumed to have died on 2 March, 1942, being aboard Stronghold when she was lost.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William R. Leycester
Captain of H.M.S. P21
10 Mar, 1917[2] – 11 Dec, 1917
Succeeded by
Gordon F. Hannay
Preceded by
Victor L. A. Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Milne
11 Dec, 1917[3] – 20 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
George R. Whittle
Captain of H.M.S. PC 51
20 Mar, 1919 – 4 Nov, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John R. Johnston
Captain of H.M.S. Sarpedon
4 Nov, 1919[4] – 11 May, 1920
Succeeded by
Claude P. Hermon-Hodge


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 846.
  2. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396d.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 846.
  4. The Navy List. (February, 1920). p. 861.