Ralph Hudleston

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Rear-Admiral (retired) Ralph Hudleston (19 March, 1864 – 17 April, 1944) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

His name is sometimes given as "Hudlestone", or even "Huddlestone" but is corrected in his Service Record.

Life & Career

Born in Madras, Hudleston apparently gained no time on passing out of Britannia, but went on to a naval career in which his evaluations were uniformly positive. He overcame short-sightedness early in his naval service.

Hudleston was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1885.[1]

On 4 July, 1888, Hudleston was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 65 for manoeuvres.[2] Before the month was out, he grounded the torpedo boat and a Court of Enquiry determined that he had taken no time to study charts of the harbour.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1895.[4]

In 1904, he provided a helpful report of the German light cruiser Bremen.

Hudleston was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1905.[5]

He was appointed command of the second class protected cruiser Arrogant on 10 September, 1907.[6] His ship skillfully rescued the crew of S.S. Leon XIII in heavy weather in 1907. On 29 January, 1908, a diver was afflicted with "caisson disease", or the bends. Hudleston was blamed for having allowed the diving operations to proceed without first consulting a copy of the regulations regarding diving. His appointment in command of Arrogant ended in 1909 after a Court of Enquiry into the internal economy and discipline indicated that Hudleston had shown little tact toward his officers, particularly his commander, Herbert Charles John Grant. Hudleston incurred Their Lordships displeasure and was superseded forthwith. He applied for further sea command but was told that no such work was available to him. Hudleston was placed on Retired List for non-service on 17 April, 1912. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral on the Retired List on 30 June, 1916.[7]

Hudleston died of heart ailments and senile decay, aged 80.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 65
4 Jul, 1888[8][9] – 18 Jul, 1889[10]
Succeeded by
Alfred D. Douglas-Hamilton
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M. T.B. 74
18 Jul, 1889[11] – 9 Sep, 1889[12]
Succeeded by
The Hon. G. A. Hardinge
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Orwell
19 Apr, 1900[13][14] – 6 Oct, 1902[15]
Succeeded by
Francis R. Wrottesley
Preceded by
Herbert G. Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Tartar
16 Feb, 1904[16][17] – 23 Nov, 1904[18]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Actæon
8 Jun, 1905[19][20] – 13 Aug, 1907[21]
Succeeded by
Mortimer L'E. Silver
Preceded by
Edmund R. Pears
Captain of H.M.S. Arrogant
10 Sep, 1907[22][23] – 8 Apr, 1909[24]
Succeeded by
Henry H. Bruce

Footnotes

  1. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 3 July, 1888. Issue 32428, col A, p. 10.
  3. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  4. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  5. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 279.
  7. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  8. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  9. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 3 July, 1888. Issue 32428, col A, p. 10.
  10. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  11. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  12. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  13. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  14. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 287.
  15. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  16. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 383.
  18. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  19. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  20. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 272.
  21. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  22. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 279.
  24. Hudleston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/211. f. 248.