Frederick Hamilton (Royal Navy officer)
|Sir Frederick Hamilton|
1917 portrait by Francis Dodd
8 March 1856|
4 October 1917 (aged 61)|
|Years of service||1869–1917|
First World War
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order|
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Hamilton joined the Royal Navy in 1869 as a cadet on the training ship Britannia. He fought in Naval Brigade in the Zulu War in 1879, for which service he was mentioned in despatches. After promotion to Lieutenant he specialised into the Torpedo Branch and in 1884 after training was appointed a staff officer at the Torpedo Schoolship HMS Vernon. In 1892 he was promoted to commander and serving aboard the battleship HMS Hood. He was appointed in command of the torpedo school ship HMS Defiance at Devonport on 1 November 1897, promoted to captain on 1 January 1898, and re-appointed in command of the Defiance the same day. On 18 March 1902 he was appointed flag captain of the battleship HMS Bulwark, which in May was to become flagship of Admiral Sir Compton Domvile, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. Hamilton was Aide-de-Camp to the King between 1906 and 1907.
At the outset of the First World War Hamilton was Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel and was promoted to full admiral in June 1916. He went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth later that year but died suddenly from a heart attack in 1917 and is buried in Fife.
Honours and awards
- 21 November 1903 – During the visit of the King to Malta Captain Frederick Tower Hamilton, Royal Navy, Flag Captain to Commander-in-Chief, Malta was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.
- 9 November 1908 – Rear-Admiral Frederick Tower Hamilton, MVO, is promoted to be a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
- 1 January 1913 – Vice-Admiral Frederick Tower Hamilton, CVO, is appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
- "Death of Admiral Sir F.T. Hamilton". Deaths. The Times (41601). London. 5 October 1917. col D, p. 11.
- The Dreadnought Project
- National Maritime Museum
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (35338). London. 19 October 1897. p. 8.
- "No. 26924". The London Gazette. 31 December 1897. p. 7854.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (35408). London. 8 January 1898. p. 10.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36707). London. 5 March 1902. p. 5.
- The Peerage.com
- Dunfermline Heritage Roots
- Great War Forum
- "No. 27560". The London Gazette. 2 June 1903. p. 35235.
- "No. 28194". The London Gazette. 9 November 1908. p. 8162.
- "No. 28677". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1913. p. 1.
- The Dreadnought Project: Frederick Hamilton
Sir John Jellicoe
| Second Sea Lord
Sir Somerset Gough-Calthorpe
Sir Robert Lowry
| Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth
Sir Cecil Burney