Theodore John Hallett

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Vice-Admiral SIR Theodore John Hallett, K.B.E., C.B., Royal Navy (10 January, 1878 – 1 June, 1957) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Theodore John Hallett was born in Priors Hardwick, Warwickshire, on 10 January, 1878, the son of Caroline and the Reverend John Thomas Hallett. He was placed thirty-ninth out of sixty successful candidates for Cadetships in the Royal Navy at the examinations held in June, 1891.[1] He joined the training ship Britannia on 15 July as a Naval Cadet.

On 29 April, 1898, Hallett was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, dated 15 July, 1897.[2]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant dated 31 December, 1899.[3]

He was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 30 June, 1912.[4] He was appointed Commander (Executive Officer) of the battleship Cornwallis in the Fourth Battle Squadron on 13 August.[5]

On 10 March, 1914, he was appointed Commander of the battleship Neptune under Captain Allen T. Hunt.[6]

Great War

In March, 1916, he followed Hunt to the new battleship Royal Sovereign as Commander.[7]

On 1 June, 1917, he was appointed in command of the scout cruiser Blonde,[8] and on 30 June was promoted to the rank of Captain.[9]

He was appointed in command of the light cruiser Chatham on 1 January, 1918, as Flag Captain to Hunt, now Rear-Admiral Commanding the Third Light Cruiser Squadron.[10]

Post War

On 9 March, 1919, Hallett was appointed to the light cruiser Southampton as Flag Captain and Chief of Staff to Hunt, now Commander-in-Chief, South America.[11]

On 16 September he was appointed a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.):

For valuable services in command of H.M. ships, and as Flag Captain to the Rear-Admiral Commanding, 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron.[12]

On 18 August, 1922, he was appointed to the Admiralty as Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel, in succession to Captain Arthur J. Davies,[13] and he was succeeded by Captain Arthur E. F. Bedford on 12 July, 1924.[14] On 20 August he succeeded Captain Charles J. C. Little as Captain of the Fleet to Admiral Sir Osmond de B. Brock, Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean.[15]

In September 1927 Hallett was appointed in command of the battlecruiser Repulse[16] in the Battle Cruiser Squadron, commanded by his brother-in-law Rear-Admiral Frederic C. Dreyer.[17]

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 9 April, 1928, vice Pilcher.[18] He hoisted his flag for the first time as Rear-Admiral and Commanding Officer, Coast of Scotland, on 4 July, 1929, in succession to Vice-Admiral John E. Cameron.[19]

Hallett was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1931.[20] His flag was struck at sunset on 6 July, when he was succeeded by Rear-Admiral The Hon. William S. Leveson-Gower.[21]

He was promoted to Vice-Admiral on 2 January, 1933, vice Reinold, and was placed on the Retired List on 3 January.[22]

Second World War

For his actions at the evacuation of Dunkirk Hallett received a Mention in Despatches on 16 August, 1940.[23]

He was appointed an Additional Knight Commander of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) on 8 June, 1944.[24]

See Also

Bibliography

  • "Vice-Adml. Sir T. Hallett" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 3 June, 1957. Issue 53857, col C, p. 14.
  • Dreyer, Admiral Sir Frederic C. (1955). The Sea Heritage: A Study of Maritime Warfare. London: Museum Press Limited.

Footnotes

  1. "Cadetships in the Royal Navy" (News). The Times. Thursday, 2 July, 1891. Issue 33366, col C, p. 8.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26963. p. 2747. 3 May, 1898.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27150. p. 3. 2 January, 1900.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 28623. p. 4748. 2 July, 1912.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1913). p. 297.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1914). p. 348.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 397t.
  8. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391u.
  9. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 167a.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 756.
  11. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 865.
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31553. p. 11576. 16 September, 1919.
  13. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 18 August, 1922. Issue 43113, col B, p. 19.
  14. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 12 July, 1924. Issue 43702, col F, p. 8.
  15. "Naval and Military" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 20 August, 1924. Issue 43735, col D, p. 12.
  16. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  17. Dreyer. The Sea Heritage. p. 287.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 33376. p. 2741. 17 April, 1928.
  19. "Naval, Military and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 4 July, 1929. Issue 45246, col G, p. 10.
  20. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33675. p. 3. 1 January, 1931.
  21. "Naval, Military and Air Force" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 3 March, 1931. Issue 45761, col G, p. 8.
  22. The London Gazette: no. 33900. p. 127. 6 January, 1933.
  23. The London Gazette: no. 34925. p. 5068. 16 August, 1940.
  24. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36544. p. 2571. 8 June, 1944.
  25. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391u.
  26. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 756.
  27. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 865.
  28. Superseded his predecessor that date. Davies Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 413.
  29. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  30. Dreyer. The Sea Heritage. p. 287.
  31. Day of month taken from predecessor.
  32. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS.
  33. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS.