William Vesey Hamilton Harris

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Commander (retired) William Vesey Hamilton Harris, M.V.O., D.S.C., R.N. (21 February, 1891 – 21 December, 1949) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Admiral Sir Robert H. Harris.

Harris was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1914.

Post-War

Harris was appointed in command of the destroyer Spitfire on 4 January, 1919.[1]

On 11 March, 1920, he was appointed in command of Charles Legg. On 19 June, 1920 he was appointed to Seabear for Reserve Fleet Exercises. On 19 August, he was placed in command of Fraser Eaves for a month and a day.

On 14 November 1921, he was appointed in command of the fishery protection trawler Dee. He left her when he was appointed in command of Burslem on 30 November, 1923.

Harris was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1922.

On 4 September, 1928, he was again appointed in command of the fishery protection trawler Dee. This tenure lasted exactly two years.

Harris was promoted to the rank of Commander on 26 March, 1931.

World War II

Harris held a number of appointments, including being appointed as Captain of Minesweepers, Dover on 1 March, 1940 as well as work on the staff of the Flag Officer in Charge, Liverpool before being appointed in command of the sloop Kingfisher (vice Graves) and then the armed merchant cruiser Carthage (vice Cookson).

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
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Captain of H.M.S. Mayfly
27 Dec, 1915 – Mar, 1916
Succeeded by
Arthur M. Y. Dane
Preceded by
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Captain of H.M.S. Waterfly
Mar, 1916[2] – 15 Dec, 1916
Succeeded by
Charles T. Gervers
Preceded by
John R. Johnston
Captain of H.M.S. P16
2 May, 1917[3] – 28 Mar, 1918
Succeeded by
John R. Poland
Preceded by
Brian C. Gourley
Captain of H.M.S. Victor
28 Mar, 1918[4] – 4 Jan, 1919
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Charles W. T. V. S. Lepper
Captain of H.M.S. Spitfire
4 Jan, 1919[5] – 25 Feb, 1919
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
John M. Henderson
Captain of H.M.S. Burslem
30 Nov, 1923[6] – 16 Jun, 1925
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
William N. Kingdon
Captain of H.M.S. Sherborne
23 Apr, 1926 – c. Mar, 1927
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
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Captain of H.M.S. Dunoon
Mar, 1927 – 23 Apr, 1928
Succeeded by
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Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 910.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 399h.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396d.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 928.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 910.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 220.