Sydney Hopkins

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Captain (retired) Sydney Hopkins (2 April, 1884 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Hopkins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 August, 1905.[1]

Hopkins was appointed in command of the destroyer Itchen on 10 August, 1912.[2]

On 14 April, 1913, Hopkins was appointed in command of the destroyer Sparrowhawk[3] and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 August, 1913.

Hopkins grounded Sparrowhawk in 1915.

Hopkins commanded Sparrowhawk at the Battle of Jutland, when she was sunk in night fighting as part of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla after colliding with flotilla leader H.M.S. Broke.[4] Hopkins survived and wrote her official report on the battle.

Hopkins was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1917.[5]

Hopkins was appointed in command of the destroyer Somme on 2 October, 1918.[6]

Post-War

Hopkins was appointed in command of the second destroyer Sparrowhawk on 1 February, 1920.[7]

Hopkins was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 November 1922.[8]

Hopkins was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 2 April, 1929.[9]

World War II

Consular Shipping Adviser with N.C.S. duties in Antwerp from 22 August, 1939.

Hopkins was appointed as R.N.O. Margate, Whitstable and Herne Bay 12 June, 1940.

On 15 October, 1943, Hopkins was appointed in command of the shore establishment H.M.S. Mylodon.[10]

Hopkins was appointed in command of the Royal Sovereign on 10 December, 1943.[11]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Leonard Robinson
Captain of H.M. T.B. 30
1 May, 1910[12][13] – 13 Sep, 1911[14]
Succeeded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Preceded by
Frank Powell
Captain of H.M.S. Itchen
13 Sep, 1911[15] – Jun, 1912[16]
Succeeded by
Sydney Hopkins
Preceded by
Adrian St. V. Keyes
Captain of H.M.S. Boyne
Jun, 1912[17] – Jul, 1912[18]
Succeeded by
Harry MacL. Fraser
Preceded by
Sydney Hopkins
Captain of H.M.S. Itchen
10 Aug, 1912[19][20] – 14 Apr, 1913[21]
Succeeded by
Reginald V. Holt
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Sparrowhawk
14 Apr, 1913[22][23] – 1 Jun, 1916
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Medina
13 Jun, 1916[24][25] – 2 Oct, 1918[26]
Succeeded by
Hugh S. Egerton
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Somme
2 Oct, 1918[27][28] – 17 Nov, 1919[29]
Succeeded by
John B. Spurgin
Preceded by
Lawrence F. N. Ommanney
Captain of H.M.S. Sparrowhawk
1 Feb, 1920[30][31] – Apr, 1922[32]
Succeeded by
Richard M. Welby
Preceded by
Robert R. Stewart
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Sovereign
10 Dec, 1943[33] – 28 Apr, 1944
Succeeded by
Allan T. G. C. Peachey

Footnotes

  1. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 334.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 381a.
  4. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
  5. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 909.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 866.
  8. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  9. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  10. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1944). p. 2573.
  12. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 399.
  14. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  15. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  16. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  17. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  18. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  19. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  20. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 334.
  21. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  22. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  23. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 381a.
  24. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  25. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395p.
  26. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 909.
  27. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  28. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 909.
  29. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?. Somme is not indicted in his Service Record AT ALL, but the Navy List and Spurgin's data suggest this end date is certain.
  30. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  31. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 866.
  32. Hopkins Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/107. f. ?.
  33. The Navy List. (February, 1944). p. 2573.