Vernon Hammersley-Heenan

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Commander (retired) Vernon Hammersley-Heenan, R.N. (25 March, 1888 – 6 May, 1954) was an officer in the Royal Navy. He would command destroyers in both World Wars.

Life & Career

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Hammersley-Heenan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1910.[1]

Great War

Hammersley-Heenan married Victoria Wood on 4 August 1915 at the Registry Office in Newcastle.[2]

In 1917, he applied to work with lighter-than-aircraft.

On 10 January, 1918, he grounded Vehement and was found by a Court of Enquiry to have shown neglect in the affair. In April, he suffered briefly from a bronchial condition.[3]

On 2 August, 1918, Hammersley-Heenan was wounded in action when Vehement was lost to a mine and the explosion blasted him 400 yards through the air.[4] Hospitalised in Hull, a severe contusion kept him unfit to serve until 3 October. A Court of Enquiry into her loss found no blame attributable to her captain.[5]

Hammersley-Heenan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1918.[6]

Post-War

Vittoria was lost in the Baltic to a torpedo from a Bolshevik submarine on 1 September, 1919. A Court of Enquiry determined that there was no blame attributable to Hammersley-Heenan.[7]

Hammersley-Heenan was appointed in command of the destroyer Wrestler on 12 February, 1920.[8] He was praised for his work in rescuing survivors of S.S. Rowan on 9 October, 1921.

Hammersley-Heenan was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 2 November, 1929.[9]

World War II

Hammersley-Heenan returned to command several destroyers of Great War vintage, serving with the rank of Acting Commander.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles H. N. James
Captain of H.M.S. Seal
29 May, 1915[10] – 2 Apr, 1916[11]
Succeeded by
Ernest J. Rodgers
Preceded by
Frederick A. Warner
Captain of H.M.S. Boyne
2 Apr, 1916[12] – 12 Aug, 1916[13]
Succeeded by
Herbert M. Hughes
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Orpheus
12 Aug, 1916[14][15] – Oct, 1917[16]
Succeeded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Preceded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Captain of H.M.S. Vehement
Oct, 1917[17] – 2 Aug, 1918[18]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Frank C. Peet
Captain of H.M.S. Vittoria
11 Oct, 1918[19][20] – 1 Sep, 1919[21]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
John C. H. Lindsay
Captain of H.M.S. Chester
5 Nov, 1919[22][23] – 5 Feb, 1920[24]
Succeeded by
Arthur W. Lowis
Preceded by
James R. C. Cavendish
Captain of H.M.S. Witherington
5 Feb, 1920[25] – 12 Feb, 1920[26]
Succeeded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Preceded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Captain of H.M.S. Wrestler
12 Feb, 1920[27][28] – 2 Jan, 1922[29]
Succeeded by
Kenneth H. Grant
Preceded by
Joseph H. L. Yorke
Captain of H.M.S. Trinidad
2 Jan, 1922[30][31] – Sep, 1923[32]
Succeeded by
Martin J. C. de Meric
Preceded by
Austen G. Lilley
Captain of H.M.S. Venturous
Sep, 1923[33] – 6 Dec, 1924[34]
Succeeded by
David J. R. Simson
Preceded by
Geoffrey C. Fryer
Captain of H.M.S. Viscount
15 Jun, 1939[35] – 17 Jun, 1939[36]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Austen G. Lilley
Captain of H.M.S. Watchman
17 Jun, 1939[37] – 1940[38]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Sydney M. Raw
Captain of H.M.S. Douglas
1940[39] – 20 Apr, 1940[40]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  2. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  3. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  4. Preston. V and W Class Destroyers 1914–1945. p. 26.
  5. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  6. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  7. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 902-945.
  9. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  10. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  11. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  12. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  13. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  14. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  15. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396i.
  16. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  17. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398q.
  18. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  19. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  20. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 936.
  21. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  22. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  23. The Navy List. (January, 1920). p. 745.
  24. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  25. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  26. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  27. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 902-945.
  29. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  30. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  31. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 823.
  32. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  33. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  34. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  35. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  36. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  37. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  38. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  39. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.
  40. Hammersley-Heenan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/289. ff. 303, 304.