Reginald Becher Caldwell Hutchinson

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Captain (retired) Reginald Becher Caldwell Hutchinson, D.S.C. (18 August, 1882 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hutchinson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 September, 1902.[1]

He incurred Their Lordships' "severe displeasure" in the grounding of T.B. 3 in 1909, and was superseded in command on account of this misstep on 22 July and was loaned to H.M.S. Vindictive to conduct a test of the Humber defences. On 23 September, 1909, he was appointed to the armoured cruiser Sutlej, having been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 September.[2]

Hutchinson was appointed in command of the destroyer Thrasher of the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla on 10 September, 1912 and then to her flotilla-mate Success on 14 October. His command here would extend fully to the outbreak or war in August, 1914.

Great War

On 30 August, 1914, Hutchinson was superseded in command of Success and appointed in command of the destroyer Liberty.[3]

When Able Seaman Edward W. Holmes drowned following the capsizing of a whaler off Gallipoli on 19 February 1915, a Court of Enquiry told Hutchinson to exercise greater caution in future.[4]

Hutchinson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1915. On 13 August, he was appointed in command of the Acasta Class destroyer Achates.[5]

Hutchinson would command the destroyer Achates when she fought at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla.[6] Shortly after the battle, he was appointed in command of the Plover, which he would command into May of 1918, albeit with a temporary absence when he was admitted to a hospital ship on 28 July, 1916. He rejoined his command on 16 August.[7]

He was appointed in command of the monitor M.31 on 20 June, 1918.[8]

Post-War

Hutchinson was made Senior Naval Officer, Palestine on 21 December, 1918. This appointment ended in mid April, 1919. In May he was appointed to Thalia, additional, as S.N.O. "Thuro" (?). On 18 September, he was appointed to President for temporary service with the Naval Adviser to the Ministry of Labour.[9]

Hutchinson was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 12 September, 1928.[10]

World War II

Hutchinson was placed in command of the yacht Lady Vagrant upon her commissioning sometime around October, 1939. In mid 1940, he was placed in command of Calliope (a ship whose identity escapes me) and as Naval Officer in Charge, North Shields.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Percy J. Helyar
Captain of H.M. T.B. 3
18 Sep, 1908[12][13] – 22 Jul, 1909[14]
Succeeded by
Herbert F. Littledale
Preceded by
Thomas K. Maxwell
Captain of H.M.S. Thrasher
10 Sep, 1912[15] – 14 Oct, 1912[16]
Succeeded by
Henry V. Hudson
Preceded by
Henry V. Hudson
Captain of H.M.S. Success
14 Oct, 1912[17][18] – 30 Aug, 1914[19]
Succeeded by
William Pennefather
Preceded by
Nigel K. W. Barttelot
Captain of H.M.S. Liberty
30 Aug, 1914[20][21] – 13 Aug, 1915[22]
Succeeded by
William J. F. Dunlop
Preceded by
William J. F. Dunlop
Captain of H.M.S. Achates
13 Aug, 1915[23][24] – Jun, 1916[25][26]
Succeeded by
Frederick E. K. Strong
Preceded by
Frederick E. K. Strong
Captain of H.M.S. Plover
Jun, 1916[27][28] – 11 Jun, 1917
Succeeded by
Walter C. Clark-Hall
Preceded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Captain of H.M.S. Plover
19 Jul, 1917[29] – 9 May, 1918[30]
Succeeded by
Kenneth C. Helyar
Preceded by
Cecil J. Crocker
Captain of H.M.S. M.31
20 Jun, 1918[31][32] – 21 Dec, 1918[33]
Succeeded by
Francis L. Back
Preceded by
Ernest K. Irving
Captain of H.M.S. Clematis
2 Jul, 1920[34] – Aug, 1922[35]
Succeeded by
Guy P. Bowles
Preceded by
David J. R. Simson
Captain of H.M.S. Senator
4 Oct, 1927[36] – Nov, 1927[37]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Bernard A. W. Warburton-Lee
Captain of H.M.S. Tuscan
Oct, 1927[38] – Nov, 1927[39]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Tim M. Barrett
Captain of H.M.S. Pegasus
12 Jun, 1928[40] – 18 Aug, 1928[41]
Succeeded by
Philip G. Wodehouse

Footnotes

  1. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  2. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 348.
  4. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  5. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  6. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  7. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  8. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 838.
  9. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  10. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  11. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  12. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 400.
  14. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  15. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  16. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  17. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  18. The Navy List. (August, 1914). p. 377.
  19. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  20. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  21. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 395m.
  22. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  23. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  24. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 391a.
  25. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  26. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396m.
  27. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  28. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396o.
  29. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396m.
  30. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  31. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  32. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 838.
  33. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  34. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  35. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  36. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  37. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  38. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  39. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  40. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.
  41. Hutchinson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/136. f. 341.