Richard Harter

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Commander Richard Harter, R.N. (30 January, 1889 – 2 February, 1938) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Harter assisted the navigation officer in Hindustan between 15 January and 31 May, 1907.[1]

Harter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1911. In 1912, he was informed that he was not likely to be selected as a navigating officer due to poor certifications, and in August 1913 he was not selected for a navigation course.[2]

Harter was appointed to Racer for Osborn College on 26 July, 1914. War clouds caused this to be quickly set aside in favour of an appointment to Attentive for the destroyer Firedrake on the 29th.

Great War

On 22 September, 1915, Harter was sent to Haslar with a disease of the intestines. He was discharged, fit, on 1 October.[3]

Superseded in Firedrake on 27 February, 1916, Harter was appointed to the much older "C" Class destroyer Mermaid within the week, to take command upon her commissioning. This command tenure hardly got started, as Harter came down with measles on 16 March and was superseded in command of Mermaid in consequence. He was found fit on 10 April, 1916, having been appointed in command of the new patrol boat P27 in the interim.[4]

Harter was appointed in command of the destroyer Telemachus on 5 August, 1918.

Post-War

Harter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1919.[5]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Tumult on 2 September, 1920.[6]

Harter was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1925.[7]

Harter was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 11 October, 1929. In 1936, he was exempted from mobilisation and handed to the Air Ministry for service as an Observer Group Assistant. Harter died before World War II, however, passing away on 2 February, 1938.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Percy R. P. Percival
Captain of H.M.S. Mermaid
4 Feb, 1916[9] – 19 Mar, 1916[10]
Succeeded by
Denis Q. Fildes
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. P27
6 May, 1916[11][12] – 26 Feb, 1917[13]
Succeeded by
Arthur H. Notley
Preceded by
Christopher H. Petrie
Captain of H.M.S. Phoenix
8 Mar, 1917[14][15] – 14 May, 1918[16]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
H. Taprell Dorling
Captain of H.M.S. Telemachus
5 Aug, 1918[17] – 4 Oct, 1919[18]
Succeeded by
Edward Eastwick-Field
Preceded by
Humphrey M. Robson
Captain of H.M.S. Tumult
2 Sep, 1920[19][20] – Aug, 1921[21]
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Archer
Preceded by
John W. Durnford
Captain of H.M.S. Sirdar
Aug, 1921[22] – 13 Aug, 1922[23]
Succeeded by
Ralph G. H. Izat
Preceded by
Henry C. Rawlings
Captain of H.M.S. Sturgeon
11 Jan, 1923[24][25] – 14 Mar, 1925[26]
Succeeded by
Joseph H. L. Yorke
Preceded by
Cyril J. H. Hill
Captain of H.M.S. Vidette
7 Apr, 1925[27] – 29 Dec, 1925[28]
Succeeded by
Arthur V. Hemming
Preceded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Captain of H.M.S. Tourmaline
1 Mar, 1926[29] – 26 Sep, 1926[30]
Succeeded by
John Fawcett

Footnotes

  1. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  2. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  3. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  4. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  5. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 878.
  7. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  8. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  9. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  10. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  11. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  12. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396ii.
  13. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  14. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  15. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396l.
  16. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  17. The Navy List. (November, 1919). p. 915.
  18. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  19. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  20. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 878.
  21. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  22. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  23. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  24. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  25. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 272.
  26. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  27. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  28. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  29. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.
  30. Harter Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/123. f. 487.