Ralph George Hamilton Izat

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Commander (retired) Ralph George Hamilton Izat (1 August, 1890 – 30 July, 1953) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Catersfield, Fareham, Izat was the son of Royal Navy Captain George Izat. He gained two months time on passing out of Britannia and being appointed to the battleship Albion of the Atlantic Fleet on 15 May, 1907. He next went to battleship Swiftsure in the Mediterranean on 17 March, 1909 and then to the Dominion of Home Fleet on 30 July, 1910.

Izat was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1912. He left Leviathan on St. Valentine's Day, 1913 for an eight month appointment in the destroyer Christopher of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla, during which time he spent three months on temporary loan to the Bacchante Class corvette Boadicea. On 17 October, 1913, Izat was appointed to the dreadnought battleship Vanguard.[1]

Great War

Izat was appointed from Vanguard on 24 July 1915 to join the flotilla leader Nimrod for gunnery duties. On 5 May 1916, he was re-appointed in Nimrod as first lieutenant and gunnery officer.

Izat was appointed in command of the destroyer Portia on 9 November, 1918.[2]

Interbellum

Izat was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1920. A collision between Oracle and H.M.T. Thomas Haggerty drew displeasure at the Admiralty on 19 January, 1920.[3]

H.M.S. Wivern conducted "special service" between 6 and 10 August, 1920 which won Izat praise from the Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Ireland which the Admiralty echoed.

On 1 February, 1924, Izat required three week's time to allow an old injury to his right elbow to heal.

Izat was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 18 August, 1933.[4]

In August 1936, he was granted permission to take a course for a civilian accountant officer under the Air Ministry.

World War II

In 1938, the Air Ministry was informed that Izat would be required at once upon mobilisation. However, there is no indication that he was summoned except that he might have worked under the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.[5]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry Forrester
Captain of H.M.S. Midge
21 Jun, 1917[6][7] – 5 Jul, 1918[8]
Succeeded by
Donald C. Brock
Preceded by
Hamilton C. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Maenad
5 Jul, 1918[9] – 15 Oct, 1918[10]
Succeeded by
Arthur Marsden
Preceded by
Geoffrey N. Henson
Captain of H.M.S. Portia
9 Nov, 1918[11] – 4 Jan, 1920[12]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Cuthbert P. Blake
Captain of H.M.S. Oracle
5 Jan, 1920[13] – 1 Feb, 1920[14][15]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Archibald A. Lovett-Cameron
Captain of H.M.S. Skate
Jan, 1920[16] – 12 Mar, 1920[17]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Foote
Preceded by
Richard M. Welby
Captain of H.M.S. Serene
3 Jun, 1920[18] – 13 Jul, 1920[19]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
John I. Hallett
Captain of H.M.S. Wivern
13 Jul, 1920[20][21] – 4 May, 1922[22]
Succeeded by
Cecil H. J. Harcourt
Preceded by
Richard Harter
Captain of H.M.S. Sirdar
Apr, 1922[23] – 1 Apr, 1924[24]
Succeeded by
Alexander M. Donovan
Preceded by
Edward N. Mortimer
Captain of H.M.S. Vega
1 Apr, 1924[25][26] – 1 Dec, 1924[27]
Succeeded by
Henry A. Simpson

Footnotes

  1. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  2. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 868.
  3. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  4. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  5. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  6. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  7. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395q.
  8. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  9. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  10. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  11. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 868.
  12. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  13. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  14. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  15. The Navy List. (April, 1920). p. 818.
  16. The Navy List. (March, 1920). p. 865.
  17. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  18. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  19. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  20. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  21. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 901.
  22. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  23. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 812.
  24. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  25. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.
  26. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 279.
  27. Izat Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/96/28. f. 28.