Alan Geoffrey Hotham

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Sir Alan Hotham
Birth name Alan Geoffrey Hotham
Born (1876-10-03)3 October 1876
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died 10 July 1965(1965-07-10) (aged 88)
Victoria, London, England
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Comus
New Zealand Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Companions of the Order of the Bath
Cricket information
Batting Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1901 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 1
Runs scored 16
Batting average 8.00
Top score
Balls bowled 6
Wickets 0
Bowling average 6.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 0/6
Source: Cricinfo, 2 January 2010

Admiral Sir Alan Geoffrey Hotham, KCMG, CB (3 October 1876 – 10 July 1965) was an officer in the Royal Navy. He also played first-class cricket for Hampshire in 1901.

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Charles Hotham, Hotham was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian on 3 October 1876 and played first-class cricket for Hampshire in 1901.[1]

By then a Lieutenant, he was in September 1902 posted as a gunnery officer to the protected cruiser HMS Isis,[2] based at Dartmouth. He served during the First World War, commanding the C-class light cruiser HMS Comus at the Battle of Jutland.[3] He was appointed Director of Trade at the Admiralty in 1917 and Commodore Commanding the New Zealand Division in 1921[4] before serving as Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty[5] from 1924 to 1927.[4] He retired from the navy in 1929 and became a member of Port of London Authority.[6] Hotham was Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod between 1934[7] and 1959. In this capacity he was present at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.[8]

He died in Victoria, London on 10 July 1965 at the age of 88.[1]


  1. ^ a b CricketWorld
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36861). London. 1 September 1902. p. 8. 
  3. ^ Battle of Jutland - Royal Navy Ships and Commanding Officers
  4. ^ a b Senior Royal Navy Appointments Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Maisel, Ephraim The Foreign Office and foreign policy, 1919-1926 p.150
  6. ^ Metropolitan Counties Branch Supplement to the British Medical Journal, 22 October 1949
  7. ^ "No. 34103". The London Gazette. 9 November 1934. p. 7154. 
  8. ^ "No. 40020". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 November 1953. p. 6240. 
Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
Commander-in-Chief, New Zealand Division
Succeeded by
Alister Beal
Preceded by
Maurice Fitzmaurice
Director of Naval Intelligence
Succeeded by
William Fisher
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Reginald Laurence Antrobus
Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod
Succeeded by
Sir George Beresford-Stooke